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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..

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courtney>> 2 ballot box>> 2 in national news... 2 the g-o-p is feeling the pressure to get moving on tax reform. 2 a high-ranking republican senator tells us election results this week are a wake-up call for his party. 2 our d-c correspondent alana (uh-la-na) austin has reaction from both sides of the aisle. 2 take package: nats - applause 2 alana track: after sweeping democratic victories in races across the nation...texas senator john cornyn, a top g-o-p leader, says his party needs to deliver on their campaign promises. 2 (0:12 - 0:17) sen. john cornyn, r-texas sot: 2 "i think it's been a call to action for us to get our work done here in washington." 2 alana track: 2 despite big republican victories in 2016, the gop-controlled congress has fallen short of its number-one vow to repeal and replace obamacare. 2 now, cornyn say their goal is to cut taxes so businesses and middle class families feel economic relief. 2 (0:35 - :50) 2 cornyn sot: 2 "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." 2 (0:52 - 1:04) 2 alana stand-up: 2 this week, virginia and new jersey voters elected democratic governors. 2 maine approved a medicaid expansion under obamacare. 2 and the party saw significant gains in other state and local races around the country. 2 xochitl hinojosa, dnc communications director sot: 2 "we made history." 2 alana track: 2 the democratic national committee communications director xochitl hinojosa says voters went to the polls to send a message against the trump administration...and republican leaders. 2 hinojosa sot: 2 "it was what i would like to call it 'a blue wave.'" 2 alana track: 2 just this week, three longtime g-o-p congressmen announced they will not seek re election, including house judiciary chair bob goodlatte. 2 two republican senators have also recently decided they will step down at the end of their terms. 2 hinojosa says voters are fed up with the infighting and that leaves an opening for democrats. 2 (1:39 - 1:46) 2 hinojosa sot: 2 "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." 2 alana track: 2 now the focus turns to 20-18...and whether republicans will be able to maintain their control of the house. in washington, i'm alana austin. (sig outs customized for station request)



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