Paul Ryan’s decisions as Speaker of the House have long infuriated Republicans.
He’s been a secret opponent of Trump’s America First agenda.
But now he’s done something that has Chuck Schumer jumping for joy.
Republicans have not moved the ball on Donald Trump’s agenda.
Ryan refused to include funding for a border wall in a bill to fund the government through September.
He has also not followed through on the promise to repeal Obamacare 100%.
Now he is refusing to cancel the August recess.
And a key House Republican says it could be disastrous.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows is worried that unless Congress starts work now, tax cuts will not be passed in 2017.
But to get to work, Ryan will have to cancel the August recess – which he has so far refused to do.
PJ Media reports:
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and other conservative members of the House of Representatives are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to delay the August recess so Republicans have a better chance of passing parts of President Trump’s agenda.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday announced an August recess delay of two weeks.
“We’re almost at the 200-day mark,” Meadows said during a “Conversations with Conservatives” event today on Capitol Hill. “It’s not a good story.”
Meadows said Republicans would not be able to pass a tax reform package if they wait to begin the legislative process in September.
“I think we may need to move it up sooner. If we are waiting until September, that means we will not get tax reform, guys, if we’re waiting until September. You guys have all been around. If we wait until September that means that we get legislative text maybe in October, that means that we maybe get it out of here if it’s fast-tracked by the end of October, which means that it goes over to the Senate and it sits there,” Meadows said.
Failure to pass Trump’s big ticket items could have horrendous repercussions.
The Democrats are charged up to vote in the 2018 midterms.
But the Republicans have won four straight contested special elections because GOP voters are still gung-ho for Trump and his policies.
Will they still be as enthusiastic to turnout for GOP Senators and Congressmen if they don’t cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and provide funding for the border wall?
That is an open question.
If the answer is no, then Chuck Schumer could seize power in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi would be Speaker of the House.
Democrats would be free to pursue their coup against Trump by beginning impeachment proceedings.
The only beneficiaries of Paul Ryan’s actions are Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.