Friday, January 6, 2017
Why Pence is crucial for Trump's agenda
At The Hill by Jordain Conway --
Vice President Elect Mike Pence is poised to become the Trump administration’s point man on Capitol Hill.
Trump’s No. 2 has deep ties to Washington after spending more than a decade in the House, including a close relationship with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and wide respect from Senate Republicans.
He is already sliding into the role of Trump’s top Capitol Hill liaison, offering a preview of the influence he could wield with lawmakers and within the administration.
During the first week of the new Congress, Pence huddled with Republicans to hash out an ObamaCare repeal strategy and met with newly appointed Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), two Democrats who could be critical to getting a deal through Congress.