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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants new Congress to repeal Obamacare

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, speaks as Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, listens, during a plenary session at the Republican Governors Association annual conference, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

PHOENIX — With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey would like to see the repealing of Obamacare and the securing of the border as some of the top items on the federal government’s to-do list.

Ducey took some time away from the Republican Governor’s Association meetings in Orlando to talk with KTAR News about what he would like to see from the administration of president-elect Donald Trump, and the GOP-controlled House and Senate.

“I want to see Obamacare repealed and replaced. I want to see us be more effective with the border agents in Arizona so that we are securing our border,” Ducey said. “We are interdicting the drug dealers and the human traffickers and I want to see us attract more business to the United States.”

During the campaign, Trump, on numerous occasions, spoke of the need to repeal Obamacare and the need to build a wall in order to secure the border with Mexico. He also pushed for the renegotiation of certain trade deals and said he would bring back factory jobs that have gone overseas.

It’s a statement that Ducey echoed, saying that companies are leaving the country because of oppressive taxes and high regulations. He added that he would like to see some of the practices that have worked at the state level tried on the federal level.

“I think it will kick-start our economy nationally and benefit all of our citizens,” Ducey said. “We will get our economy humming again and we will be putting Arizonans back to work. I’m very excited and hopeful for what’s possible in the future.”

Ducey added that he would like to see some common sense regarding the federal budget, and felt it was important to get dollars to the men and women in the military. He said that he would like to see an investment in technology and to make sure the government is keeping the country safe.

“I want to see the federal government get spending under control,” he said. “To me, national security is the top priority. I think this is something that the federal government, the newly elected congress and the newly elected presidential administration can work together on to bring some common sense to the most important priorities for the country.”

KTAR’s Ashley Flood contributed to this report.         

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