Pence Lists Trump Administration Priorities In Heritage Speech

Cliff Owen

Mike Pence on Tuesday night delivered the keynote speech at an event for Heritage Foundation donors at Donald Trump's Washington, D.C. hotel, where he touted Trump's victory and listed the incoming administration's top priorities.

"We truly believe that our president-elect has secured a mandate for leadership," Pence said, according to the Washington Post.

The Vice President-elect said that the Trump administration would prioritize rolling back President Obama's executive actions, repealing Obamacare, and boosting defense spending.

"Right out of the box you’ll see the President-elect get out that pen and repeal every unconstitutional executive order that President Obama signed," Pence told the audience, according to The Hill.

He added that the administration would push to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act "lock, stock and barrel," and that the "Obama era of weakening our national defenses is over," according to The Hill.

The Vice President-elect assured the audience that the administration would nominate a conservative justice to the Supreme Court and said that "we’re going to cut taxes across the board" before the spring, according to the Washington Post.

The priorities listed by Pence on Wednesday night overlap with three of the issues House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said the House would focus on early next year. On Tuesday morning, Ryan said Congress would prioritize repealing Obamacare, reducing regulations, and making changes to the tax code.

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