2017 U.S. Senate Race

So what is the next priority for you, now that one of your key campaign issues, reinstating funding for CHIP, has been achieved?

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama

Jones: That was a main focus. We still have to work on community health. We still have to work on making sure Medicaid and Medicare are funded appropriately … .

Infrastructure is going to be an interesting proposal (from the White House). I want to make sure Alabama gets its share if an infrastructure bill … . We’ve got bridges, roads, water systems that need building. Those are very important to Alabama and the people in Alabama.

All of those are going to be the priorities that I have. Obviously, to some extent, the immigration issue and the guns are going to control the headlines right now. But I also think that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in the other areas, and we’re going to try to do that. There’s just a lot of stuff. We’ve got the Higher Education (Act) reauthorization that’s coming up. There are still judges that have to be confirmed. So we’re trying to make sure that I’m getting my hands on just about everything, to get my arms around it, to see where we are.

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