5 Republican goals if they win the Senate Nov. 4

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Posted: Sep 28, 2014 9:20 AM
5 Republican goals if they win the Senate Nov. 4

Five things Republicans hope to do if they win control of the Senate this fall:

1. Try to pass measures backed by some congressional Democrats but opposed by President Barack Obama. This could include approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline and removing a tax on medical devices. Obama might find it difficult to veto such bipartisan efforts.

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2. Highlight party differences on taxes, spending, regulations and other issues. Republicans could force Obama to veto — or Democratic senators to filibuster — GOP initiatives, painting Democrats as obstructionists.

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3. Block confirmation of Obama's judicial and executive nominees who do not satisfy Republicans' demands.

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4. Join the House in launching investigations into politically sensitive areas such as the Internal Revenue Service, environmental regulations and the killing of Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

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5. Appeal to conservatives by passing bills to repeal Obama's health care law and achieve other long-frustrated goals. Obama probably would veto such efforts, assuming they survive Democratic filibusters. But GOP lawmakers could argue they're doing all they can, and voters should elect a Republican president in 2016 to complete the work.