President Trump’s term seemed to start out so well, with an ambitious 100-day plan and a flurry of executive orders. He’d kissed and made up with Paul Ryan and everyone seemed thrilled to begin undoing the nightmare of the Obama agenda.
Well, we don’t have to remind you what happened next…protests, leaks, gaffes, Democrats, activist judges, Democrats, resignations, Democrats…
And now there are fears the slow pace of forward motion is beginning to cause concern in the GOP majorities.
Bloomberg reports, Congress is off to a slow start this year, and Republicans are starting to get nervous.
The Senate is tied up with delays in confirming President Donald Trump’s cabinet, the House is spending most of its time undoing regulations from the end of the previous president’s term, and a promised swift repeal of Obamacare is stalled.
Complicating matters, Republicans are getting ambushed almost every day by the news blitz from the Trump White House, particularly the revelations that intelligence agencies and the FBI are examining the extent of contacts Trump’s advisers had with Russia during and after the 2016 campaign. Calls for Congress to more exhaustively look into Russia’s involvement in the elections could further slow the policy agenda, lawmakers say.
Republican leaders publicly insist that they remain on schedule and that rolling back regulations will be a significant achievement.
“Congressional Republicans and President Trump outlined a 200-day agenda and we’ve hit every benchmark yet, including passing a budget and passing significant regulatory relief,” AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said in a statement. “We are now in the midst of moving Obamacare repeal and replace and then will move to tax reform, just as our timeline spelled out.”
Of course that’s double the 100-day agenda Trump had laid out before the election (and perhaps it means Martha MacCallum’s show “The First 100 Days” will be extended.
Of course that’s not helped by the fact that Senate Republicans aren’t all rowing in the same direction. We reported today on John McCain voting against the confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to head White House Office of Management and Budget — and further confirmations may also run into roadblocks in the coming weeks from Republicans.
We shall see how it all unfolds. And pray.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]