The outline is fuzzy and the details need to be filled in, but newly-empowered Republican leaders have begun to draw up an agenda for the 114th Congress.
At the top of the list are trade, taxes, and construction of the long-stalled Keystone oil sands pipeline, the energy project that the GOP has held up as the most glaring example of the Obama administration's regulatory scheme and misplaced economic priorities. The party also wants to take up President Obama's invitation to revisit elements of his 2010 healthcare law, even if it's clear he won't sign legislation repealing or gutting it.
House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell, the incoming majority leader, previewed their plans in Thursday's Wall Street Journal: They want to score victories early in 2015 to show voters Congress can function, and they intend to start with a few of the dozens of bills passed by the GOP-led House that went nowhere under Democratic rule in the Senate. Those include getting rid of the Affordable Care Act's definition of a 30-hour work week as full-time employment, along with a measure to boost the number of charter schools, which could gain some Democratic support.
"Enacting such measures early in the new session will signal that the logjam in Washington has been broken, and help to establish a foundation of certainty and stability that both parties can build upon," Boehner and McConnell wrote.