VP Pence stops in Austin for Republican Governors Association conference

Before speaking at the convention, Vice President Pence met with Gov. Greg Abbott and Energy Secretary Rick Perry for an update on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

AUSTIN - Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Austin on Wednesday to speak at the annual Republican Governors Association conference.

Wednesday marked the vice president’s second trip to the Lone Star State in November. Pence and his wife Karen were in Sutherland Springs following the Nov. 5 shooting to meet with families, the injured and law enforcement.

The conference was for Republican leaders to discuss policy priorities and 36 gubernatorial elections in 2018. Pence also headlined a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 13 for Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign.

He applauded the group's efforts that launched 34 Republican governors across the country, the most in U.S. history.

"They've cut taxes in one state after another, they've cut through red tape, they've signed legislation like right ot work, they've expanded access to affordable high quality health care, they've given more children the chance to go to the school of their choice, they've made their streets safer for the people of their states," Pence said.

But Pence said there's still a lot of work to do with the 35-plus gubernatorial elections next year.
Pence also talked about President Donald Trump. He said the president was busy this year and 2018 would be no different.

"Our administration is going to do something that has never been done in modern American history, we're going to achieve a net reduction in federal red tape in agencies across America," said Pence. 

Hundreds also gave the vice president a standing ovation after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's introduction of Pence.

Like Walker, Pence recognized Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, for his leadership during trying times the past few months, like during the Sutherland Springs shootings and Hurricane Harvey.

The vice president left Austin after a private dinner Wednesday.

The RGA conference continues Thursday.

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