(NationalSentinel) Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who were timid at best when it came to pushing back against President Barack Obama’s Alt-Left agenda, kept telling their constituents that if they would just deliver them the White House, then things would really begin to happen for conservatives.
Well, constituents did just that and, in an electoral landslide, handed the GOP congressional majority the White House when the country elected Donald J. Trump as our 45th president.
Lawmakers convened days before Trump got into office, but the president has been very busy issuing executive orders in what will be a long, arduous process of unraveling the damage done by Obama’s “hope and change.”
So, what has the GOP congressional majority been doing to help the president they say they needed in order to ‘get things done’?
As reported by The Daily Signal:
When the 115th Congress arrived Jan. 3, the majority had an ambitious agenda. With Republicans in control of the House and Senate, and soon the White House, it was the first time in 10 years they could advance their policy agenda unobstructed by Democrats.
Yet a month later, the GOP-led Congress has produced just three bills for President Donald Trump to sign: a waiver allowing retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary, a joint resolution repealing the Obama administration’s stream protection rule, and another resolution reversing a Securities and Exchange Commission rule pertaining to energy companies.
Republicans have delayed action on campaign promises such as repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood.
Some of the delay is understandable; the Senate, for instance, is trying to push through Trump’s Cabinet picks over the Democrat minority’s delay tactics.
“Democrat obstruction has reached such extreme levels that the smallest number of Cabinet officials have been confirmed in modern history at this point in a presidency. It’s a historic break in tradition, a departure from how newly elected presidents of both parties have been treated in decades past,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement to The Daily Signal.
Not much else is going on in the house, where conservatives are frustrated by the slow pace and inability to help the president accomplish his ambitious first 100 days agenda.
Things were different in October. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., outlined his “A Better Way” agenda, which he said would become the GOP’s blueprint for legislative action in 2017. After Trump won, Ryan was positively giddy about the forthcoming “dawn of a new unified Republican government.”
In December, he promised the first bill the GOP would be working on was Obamacare (leading many to ask where was the repeal and replace measure all along). Now that seems to have stalled.
The Daily Signal noted further:
Rachel Bovard, a former Senate aide who is director of policy services at The Heritage Foundation, said Congress could have presented a repeal bill to Trump on Jan. 20, the day he took the oath of office.
“Congress has been a disappointment so far, considering the fact that there is unified control of the government,” Bovard told The Daily Signal. “Congress could have had an Obamacare repeal bill on Trump’s desk at 12:01 p.m. on Inauguration Day, especially if they’d used the 2015 repeal bill that passed both Houses.”
“There is no excuse for the lack of action,” she added. “And, indeed, by delaying it, they’ve allowed the debate to get muddled, slowed the momentum considerably, and in doing so made the task that much harder.”
The American people will not be patient forever, and the GOP would do well to remember this. Helping to enact the president’s agenda, which most all Republicans campaigned on, would go along way towards easing the building frustration.