This Do-Nothing Congress Is A Travesty

Investor's Business Daily | 2/17/2009 | Staff
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Agenda: Shortly after Donald Trump won the election, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Republicans had to "go big, go bold, and do things." So far, the GOP has not delivered.

"They have the House, they have the Senate, they have the presidency — and nothing's happening," lamented PJ Media co-founder Roger Simon earlier this week. "Nothing, that is, that Donald Trump doesn't do by himself. ... The Republicans in the legislature are a disgrace."

Congress - Pass - Trump - Bills - Obama

Congress did pass, and Trump signed, 13 bills to undo last-minute Obama administration regulations. And the Senate approved Trump's Supreme Court pick. But what about actually advancing long-awaited Republican legislative priorities, like ObamaCare repeal and tax cuts? Nada.

Ryan claims that he's working on yet another version of an ObamaCare repeal and replace bill — after the first attempt blew up — in hopes that he can get a vote on it before Trump hits his 100-day mark. But even if the bill wins approval in the House, nobody knows what the Senate will do, or when.

Tax - Reform - Table - Treasury - Secretary

Now tax reform is slipping off the table, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying that getting reform done by August is "highly aggressive to not realistic."

These delays could easily have been avoided. ObamaCare repeal and tax reform had been on the Republican agenda for years, and Ryan had already hammered out detailed "Better Way" proposals for both last summer. There was every reason to think that Republicans would have, in the words of Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds, bills "lined up like airplanes on a runway ready to take off in the new year."

Past - Party - Control - White - House

That is, after all, what's happened in the past when one party gained control of the White House after securing both the House and Senate. Lawmakers rushed to enact key pieces of...
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