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By Mark Wolf

Just as uncertainty grips the nation's capital over what the new administration will portend, state legislators found their federal counterparts grappling with what will happen on a host of issues crucial to the states.

Minnesota Representatives Rick Hansen (DFK) (left) and Joyce Peppin (R) met with U.S. Senator Al Franken (D) during Tuesday's NCSL Lobby Day.Dozens of state lawmakers visited their U.S. senators and representatives during the annual Lobby Day, held in  conjunction with NCSL's Capitol Forum.

“Our big issue now is states' rights, especially with the transition team going on with new President-elect Trump,” said South Dakota Senator Deb Peters (R), who is NCSL's president-elect.

Nebraska Senator Tyson Larson (R), left, with U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R).“There is a lot of uncertainty for states and we are looking at a lot of issues that span everthing from health care (the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare), transportation funding and block grants,” she said. “We are spending a lot of time getting information from members of Congress so we know how to start our sessions in January.”

Wyoming Senator Joe Barrasso (D), center, met with Wyoming state lawmakers.Minnesota House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin (R) and Representative Rick Hansen (DFL) spoke with Senator Al Franken (D) and Representatives Richard Nolan (DFL) and Erik Paulsen (R).

“I was encouraged that the senator and both congressmen were interested in investing in infrastructure,” said Peppin.

Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R), center, met with legislators from his state."Congressman Paulsen talked about tax reform and it was interesting hearing about the Affordable Care Act and what they are considering doing about it,” she said. “There was varying information about whether it was going to be replaced or repealed and replaced. It's clear there is a lot of uncertainty about that.”


U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), third from left, met with  with Massachusetts Representatives Alise Peisch, Jay Kaufman, Angelo Puppolo and Tom Stanley. Also pictured are  NCSL staffers Dick Cauchi and Margaret Wile





U.S. Representative Bill Keating (D-Mass.) met with a delegation from his home state.






Members of Hawaii's delegation meeting with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.








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