The Republican Party controls the House, Senate, and White House for the first time in more than a decade. It should have been easy sailing for Donald Trump, instead, the 45th POTUS is faced with mounting pressure to please ultra-conservatives, traditional GOP supporters, and a moderate base.
“This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we’ve had in decades, maybe ever,” Trump predicted shortly after taking office.
Instead, as we look back on his first 100 days in office, Trump has proven NOT to be the master negotiator he has claimed to be for decades. His famous book “The Art of the Deal” it seems, is not so great at politics.
When Trump attempted to pass his first go round with Health Care, it was the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus that slammed the bill, saying it didn’t do enough to repeal Obamacare. Now, a new bill that is being supported by that very same group, is fighting what could be another losing battle with more conservative Republicans.
On the border wall, Republicans and Democrats recently agreed en masse to remove the Mexican border wall spending proposal for a nearly $1 trillion piece of legislation as Congress continues to work under a one-week stopgap spending bill.
“We can’t afford to go to the country in 2018 with a Republican president, Republican Senate and Republican House and say ‘well we just couldn’t get it done,’” said GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma. “That’s not defensible.”
Trump has even admitted that progress has been much slower than he had promised. “I’m disappointed that it doesn’t go quicker.”
“I think everybody is trying very hard,” the president said. “It is a very tough system.”
It wasn’t just Trump who promised swift changes. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pledged to quickly enact a bold GOP vision starting with making good on seven years of promises to get rid of Obama’s health law, fix the crumbling U.S. infrastructure, and deal with illegal immigration.
“The people have given us unified government. And it wasn’t because they were feeling generous. It’s because they wanted results,” Ryan said in his opening day address to the House in January. “How could we live with ourselves if we let them down?”
This week Trump yet again became the butt of the joke when he tweeted, “I thought it would be easier,” to be the President of the United States. Perhaps a quick look at Obama’s quickly greying hairline should have given Trump reason to be worried.
What else has the GOP failed to pass in Trump’s first 100 days? School choice legislation, ethics reforms, and a community safety bill.
A Single Victory On Top Of A Pile Of Shit.
The GOP did manage to elect Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Keep in mind Trump had to break Senate rules to make that deal happen.
“There are some people I know who voted for Trump solely because he would put a conservative on the court, so they’re good,” said Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.
Justifying failure after failure with a potentially illegal move doesn’t really seem to show any type of GOP unity.
Democrats have been quick to point out that Congress passed a massive economic stimulus bill and other legislation during Obama’s first 100 days.
“Republicans have not accomplished very much in the first 100 days,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “If they reach out to Democrats and work in a bipartisan way they could get a lot more done.”
Even A Real Test Of Power Could Come With Consequences.
The true test for the Republican party will be whether or not they can pass a massive new spending bill and new health care legislation in the next week. If they fail to deliver, it’s going to be a very bumpy ride for Donald Trump over the next four years.
Even is the GOP does pass their repeal and replace bill, they will have to answer to 24 million finally insured Americans who are likely to cause an uproar.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.