The Eagle: Rep. Flores eager to work with Trump administration
U.S. Representative Bill Flores, whose 17th District includes much of the Brazos Valley, said Friday that he is "ready and eager" to work alongside President Donald Trump and his new administration.
Flores watched with the rest of Congress on Friday as Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States and released a statement shortly after that echoed one of the major messages of Trump's inaugural speech.
"Hardworking American families deserve a government that works to serve the people and provides for economic growth, opportunity and security," Flores said in the statement. "I am ready and eager to work alongside President Trump and his new administration. It is time we change the status quo in Washington and make America great again."
Flores said with a "new unified government in place," Americans can "begin to restore confidence" in the federal government.
In a phone interview with The Eagle on Friday, Flores called Trump's inaugural address, in which the president said the power would be transferred from Washington, D.C., back to the American people, "unifying and visionary." Trump clearly laid out he believes the federal government reports to the American people, not the other way around, Flores said.
"He talked about returning the power of the federal government back to the people," Flores said. "That's something that has to be done. The American people feel like the bureaucrats have taken over. ... I think most Americans are excited about opportunities to take our country back."
Flores said he has three main expectations for Trump's presidency: making the nation more secure, growing the economy through tax and regulatory reforms and making health care "great again" by repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
"He also talked about poverty today, and I was glad he did that, because in the Better Way agenda we rolled out back in the summer of last year, we started talking about poverty," Flores said of Trump's speech. "I'm glad he wants to work on that."