Trump warns GOP Freedom Caucus after failed health bill
Apr 02 2017
So that leaves the president with a stark choice: adjust his agenda to get the most conservative Republicans on board, or marginalize the Freedom Caucus and work with moderate Democrats.
"We have all been promising it - Democrat, Republican - to the public", Trump said Tuesday night.
Trump's challenges in dealing with his own Republican Party and with opposition Democrats come at a time when the president is attempting to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, many of whom found it a challenge to make the transition from presidential candidate to commander-in-chief.
"Most people don't take well to being bullied", Rep. If the House Freedom Caucus is going to stick to their guns and Paul Ryan has indicated he's not going to work with Democrats, nearly nothing can get done, especially looking forward to something as hard as the tax overhaul that they'd like to accomplish.
"What I am anxious about is. that if we don't do this then he will just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare - that's hardly a conservative thing", Ryan said. But in helping to kill the GOP health care plan, Freedom Caucus members once again delivered on their reputations as anti-establishment agitators, prompting yet another call for party unity from House Speaker Paul Ryan.
That's why Hannity's claim that Trump did "everything in his power" to get the bill passed is an accidental admission against interest. "The leader schedules the floor". I think it's going to happen. Trump's only path forward on health care, a problem he now owns, may indeed be working with the Democrats. Lindsey Graham of SC said.
A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday showed Republicans mostly blame Congress, and not Trump or party leaders, for failing to pass the healthcare overhaul. Massie also pointed to the low popularity of the now-defunct GOP health care bill.
Trump pointedly blamed the trio for blocking a Republican-crafted health care bill that was pulled last Friday.
But the recriminations continue with the GOP, as frustrated Republicans lashed out over the collapse of one of their top campaign promises.
"It's constructive in fifth grade", Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., a member of the group, said of the tweet. Ryan's reasoning - correctly - is that if the president needs Democrats to pass major legislation, it will be a lot less conservative than anything the speaker hopes to enact in the next two years.
If Trump does try to target this conservative group in 2018, he has an additional challenge: nearly all of the staunchly far-right members he would be targeting have enjoyed comfortable re-election margins in some of the country's most conservative districts.
"We are increasingly about some sort of tribal identity in politics", said Georgetown University political scientist Hans Noel.
By late Thursday afternoon, he tweeted at specific members, Reps.
"As for me", he continued, "we are turning our attention to tax reform". "We've been working on a bill".
Perhaps most unforgivably, the White House and congressional Republicans now have chose to move on. Many of them were elected in the tea party electoral waves of 2010 and 2012 and have pushed the Republican Party to the right on a range of issues. "If they will take repeal off the table, Democrats will slide the chairs up to the table". The House is exploring whether it can revive the repeal-and-replace effort, as it should. "They said it's the law of the land", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. "And I understand his frustration". They have helped force government shutdowns over funding bills and were instrumental in former House Speaker John Boehner's struggles that led him to abruptly resign.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that no vote is now planned on the measure.
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