The Daily Fix: Incoming Senate Leader Outlines GOP Agenda, NYPD Officer Is Laid to Rest

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Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell listens as President Barack Obama speaks at a luncheon he hosted for congressional leaders at the White House on Nov. 7, 2014. (Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)
Jan 4, 2015· 1 MIN READ
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Republicans will take full control of Congress on Tuesday, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicts that President Obama won’t be happy with the party’s agenda.

“We’ll be voting on things I know he’s not going to like,” McConnell said on Sunday’s episode of CNN’s State of the Union.

The Kentucky senator said the GOP would prioritize growing the economy, possibly beginning by approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is already scheduled to hold a hearing about the $8 billion project, reported Politico. Repealing the Affordable Care Act will top the agenda as well, according to McConnell.

The party will also dispute education standards, push abortion regulations, cut personal and corporate incomes, and ease the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and labor unions, reported The Washington Post.

“What they cannot win in the legislative body, they now seek and hope to achieve through judicial activism,” Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerald E. Connolly told The New York Times about the GOP’s strategy of relying on judges to challenge the president’s executive actions.

In other news…

NYPD Officer Laid to Rest: Thousands of police are paying their respects today to Officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed with his partner Rafael Ramos on Dec. 20. A Buddhist ceremony was scheduled at a Brooklyn funeral home, to be followed by a police ceremony. (via ABC News)

Trial for Boston Marathon Bomber: Jury selection will begin on Monday in the trial of 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is due in court this week for setting off two homemade bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon. He has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges related to the incident that injured 260 people and killed three. (via Boston Herald)

Treatment, Not Punishment: That’s what mental health advocates of a Virginia inmate with autism are saying as he faces trial on Jan. 7 for allegedly attacking a correctional police officer. Reginald Latson, 22, has clashed with law enforcement three times since 2010. Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, wrote in a letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has been asked by Latson’s supporters to intervene, that his case represents “a problem that more and more people with autism and other developmental disabilities are experiencing when they interact with the criminal justice system.” (via The Associated Press)

ESPN Anchor Dies: Longtime sports anchor Stuart Scott died after a long battle with cancer on Sunday at 49. Fellow broadcaster Stan Verrett called him a trailblazer, saying “he did not shy away from the fact that he was a black man, and that allowed the rest of us who came along to just be ourselves.” (via ESPN)

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