WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The GOP is feeling the pressure to get moving on tax reform. A high-ranking Republican senator tells us election results this week are a wake-up call for his party.
After sweeping Democratic victories in races across the nation, Texas Senator John Cornyn, a top GOP leader, says his party needs to deliver on their campaign promises.
"I think it’s been a call to action for us to get our work done here in Washington," said Cornyn.
Despite big Republican victories in 2016, the GOP-controlled Congress has fallen short of its number one vow so far, to repeal and replace Obamacare. Now, Cornyn say their goal is to cut taxes so businesses and middle class families feel economic relief.
"These state elections, I don’t think necessarily forecast a problem in 2018, but we will have a problem in 2018 if we don’t get our work done here and don’t demonstrate to the American people that we’re going to keep our commitments," said Cornyn.
This week, Virginia and New Jersey voters elected Democratic governors. Maine approved a Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. And the party saw significant gains in other state and local races around the country.
“We made history," said Xochitl Hinojosa, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Communications Director.
Hinojosa says voters went to the polls to send a message against the Trump administration and Republican leaders.
"It was what I would like to call it ‘a blue wave'," said Hinojosa.
Just this week, three longtime GOP congressmen announced they will not seek re-election, including House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte. Two Republican senators have also recently decided they will step down at the end of their terms.
Hinojosa says voters are fed up with the infighting and that leaves an opening for Democrats.
"People want their government to work for them, and they went out to go and vote for Democrats, because whether it’s health care, whether it’s the economy - we have their back," said Hinojosa.
Now the focus turns to 2018 and whether Republicans will be able to maintain their control of the House.