The Hill is home to a growing list of influential and highly-paid Republican politicians who are trying to get out of Washington and into the public eye.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for them and what their next move might be.
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is pushing for the formation of a special-interest caucus to make sure it doesn’t have to fight the Democrats for its agenda, which includes tax reform and a major infrastructure package.
The Republican leadership could then work with Democrats to get a larger number of Democrats to sign onto a broad-based infrastructure package, which the Trump administration has opposed.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.) is trying to find ways to make his state a more attractive place for business and to help his party recapture the state’s Senate seat from Democrat Russ Feingold, who was elected in 2018.
He also has an ambitious agenda that includes repealing Obamacare and the sequester, and he’s looking for ways to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R) of Illinois is looking to use his position as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to boost the economy.
A growing number of Republicans are also looking to become lobbyists and get involved in their districts, a potentially lucrative gig that’s often in jeopardy with the 2018 midterm elections.
Republican Rep. Tom Cole (R, Okla.) has long been seen as a top candidate to succeed retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R), but he’s also in the process of expanding his reach and is pushing to open up more of his district to lobbyists and lawmakers.
“I think I’ve earned a reputation as a good legislator,” he said.
Cole also has pushed for a massive increase in tax credits to help small businesses grow and a new tax credit for businesses with 10 or more employees to help offset their costs.
But his biggest priority is to pass his own tax overhaul, a goal that he’s not likely to accomplish without Democratic support.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R)-Wis., has promised to take a more aggressive approach to overhauling the tax code than his colleagues in the House and Senate.
Ryan wants to cut the top rate on corporate taxes to 28 percent, which would provide a major boost to the economy and boost the middle class.
Ryan also wants to make it easier for companies to deduct employee and employee-related expenses, and cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent.
And Ryan is likely to use the House’s new legislative power to make changes to the Senate’s health care legislation.
There’s also a possibility that House Republicans will seek to overhaul the tax system themselves.
Former Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) was one of the architects of the GOP health care bill, which he passed in May.
But many of the proposals put forward by the GOP leadership have been opposed by the Trump White House and are opposed by President Donald Trump.
On the Democratic side, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D, Hawaii) has been a fierce advocate of immigration reform, and she is a favorite among progressive Democrats who are tired of the gridlock in Washington.
Gabbard is also considering running for president.
For Democrats, the 2018 midterms are shaping up to be the most important since the last presidential election, when President Barack Obama lost the White House to Republicans in a historic landslide.
Democrats have made a concerted push for 2020, and some of their key players are gearing up to make the race a top priority in 2020.
Several Democrats, including Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), are also eyeing 2020.