A Nebraska Congressman entering his second term braces for life in the minority.
Congressman Don Bacon first won election in 2016, entering the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives his freshman term.
That changes next year when Democrats take control of the House majority.
Bacon would like to see Congress tackle health care, but knows when Democrats take control of the House, talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act will go nowhere.
“We will not be repealing the ACA; that’s not going to happen with Speaker Pelosi with the gavel, but we can make some reforms within it or some things in addition to it that change what we have right now,” Bacon tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Bacon says that while the ACA helped some, it hurt others. He says those who buy their own insurance, such as farmers and realtors, have nearly been priced out of the market.
Bacon says Democrats take over the majority with considerable anti-Trump feelings. He notes Democrats pushed for impeachment votes against President Trump the past two years without even the benefit of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Bacon says if Democrat overplay their hand, voters will let them know in two years.
Immigration reform and workforce development also are high on Bacon’s agenda for the new Congress.
Bacon, former commander of Offutt Air Force Base, hopes to help beef up electronic warfare and improve cyber defenses.
“I think we’ve done some things this past year that have righted the ship for both programs. I just want to be able to keep my eyes on it and keep that progress going,” Bacon says.
Bacon would like to see improvements to the Gold Star program to make things better for those who lose a spouse in Iraq and Afghanistan.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]