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DeLeo says confronting Trump policies will be top priority

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo said House Democrats are concerned about Trump’s moves on immigration, health care, women’s health issues, and climate change. Here, DeLeo speaks at a bill signing ceremony at the Statehouse in August 2016.
Speaker Robert DeLeo said House Democrats are concerned about Trump’s moves.

House Democrats consider passing legislation intended to confront President Trump’s policies a top priority over the next two years, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday.

“Most importantly, they want to see action and a statement to our constituents that we hear their concerns, we don’t agree with what’s going on with the Trump administration, and we here in Massachusetts to the best of our power are going to do something about it,” DeLeo told reporters.

Without offering specific remedies, DeLeo said members were concerned about Trump’s moves on immigration, health care, women’s health issues, and climate change.

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“This I’d have to say is one of the major issues that is on the minds of the people of the Democratic caucus, because this is what they’re hearing from their constituents,” DeLeo said.

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He also said the budget House leaders send to the floor, after rewriting Governor Charlie Baker’s version, will not include broad-based tax increases.

Massachusetts in the opening weeks of the Trump regime has emerged as something of a redoubt, a liberal state putting up resistance.

Emerging from a two-hour Democratic caucus, DeLeo said members have reported a flood of constituents to their normally sparsely attended district meetings.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com.