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GOP rebels gain new power in Senate

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>> It's Donald Trump taking the White House in January. But some of the most powerful players in the new Washington will be the small band of Republicans in the Senate who may try to obstruct parts of Trump's agenda. With the GOP holding just a slim majority a hand full of swing votes could be the difference between a win or a loss for Trump on Capitol Hill.
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From his cabinet appointments to building the wall. Ginger Gibson is on the story.>> Republicans were able to maintain control of the Senate, but they lost seats in the election this month. And that means that their majority is even narrower. Republicans are likely to hold 52 seats. Which means only three defections could defy his leadership.
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>> The four most likely to cause trouble for Trump. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. McCain has crossed swords with Trump already, publicly rejecting Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the country. Similarly, Collins and Murkowski have a history of crossing the aisle and could join Democrats in blocking restrictions on abortions.
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Senate mavericks Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky both known to tie up Senate business to prove a point. Paul already threatening to gum up the works if Trump picks either former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani or former UN Ambassador John Bolton as Secretary of State.
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Keeping these Republicans in line would fall not on Trump's shoulders, but on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's, who has his work cut out for him.>> McConnell's likely to push a very small agenda. His senior aid saying that he's unlikely to try to push for legislation that he knows the votes aren't there for.
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That means moving key things like repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Keeping government funded and working on an infrastructure package that the president-elect has asked for. But that's pretty small agenda for the next at least two years.