When Donald Trump won the White House, conservatives believed that the Republican Congress would swiftly pass his agenda.
But one month into his term and the GOP congress has yet to take action on Trump’s big ticket items.
And many are wondering just why Paul Ryan is betraying Donald Trump.
Trump campaigned on three core policies – repealing Obamacare, securing the border by building a wall along the Southern border that Mexico would pay for, and tax reform.
So far, Republicans in Congress have refused to lift a finger to move on any of these priorities.
And it’s beginning to frustrate Trump supporters who expected Republicans to take action.
Instead, they are seeing leadership in Congress betray the President they voted for.
Their attitude was summed up by conservative media personality Matt Drudge who tweeted that Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should be sued for fraud.
Writing in The Observer, Brian Darling notes the various ways Congressional Republicans are falling short of their promises:
“Conservatives, including The Heritage Foundation, are pushing Congress to use this measure as the basis for reconciliation this year, yet moderate senators Lamar Alexander, Bill Cassidy, and Susan Collins are pushing ideas that will save the core of Obamacare.
Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they seem to have lost focus. On February 16, The New York Times reported, “After moving to start rolling back the Affordable Care Act just days after President Trump was sworn in last month, Republican lawmakers and Mr. Trump have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised. Efforts to come up with a replacement for the healthcare law have been stymied by disagreements among Republicans about how to proceed. The same is true for a proposed overhaul of the tax code.”
The large infrastructure bill that both Democrats and Trump were eager to pursue has barely been mentioned, other than a general hearing to discuss well-documented needs for infrastructure improvements. Even a simple emergency spending bill that the Trump administration promised weeks ago—which was expected to include a proposal for his wall on the Mexican border—has not materialized, leaving appropriators idle.”
Darling warns that inaction could have serious consequences.
The midterm elections in 2018 will be a contest of base mobilization.
Democrats are engaged in full-throated resistance.
So their base will be energized to vote.
Darling cautions that unless Speaker Ryan and GOP leadership takes action on Trump’s agenda, the Democrats will be well positioned to win the next election:
“Republican leadership in the House and Senate are thwarting the Trump agenda with their gross incompetence. Drudge was spot on to accuse them of fraud, and Sen. Rand Paul is correct to team up with freedom loving members of the House and Senate to jump start the process of repealing Obamacare. At some point, establishment Republicans need to understand that if they continue to break promises to right-leaning Trump voters, they will hand over power to the Democrats.”