Tension in the ranks already?
After weeks of what appeared to be mending following a long and brutal presidential campaign, signs are popping up that the Republican rank and file aren’t going to make it easy on President-elect Donald Trump.
A top ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan is giving off signals that Republicans are willing to work with Trump, but only to a certain extent.
“Let’s do the things where we agree — let’s do tax reform, let’s do Obamacare, let’s replace Obamacare, let’s start dealing with border security, let’s rebuild our national security and then, on those areas where his agenda is not exactly aligned with ours … then, we’ll figure out the rest in the next six months,” Texas Rep. Bill Flores told Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, Breitbart News reported.
“We all agree that some of President Trump’s proposed policies are not going to line up very well with our conservative policies,” Flores also told an inside-the-beltway audience on Dec. 1.
Flores’ comments jibe with Ryan’s recent interview on 60 Minutes where he outlined his six top priorities, which do not include implementation of Trump’s election-winning immigration reform policies, Breitbart reported.
The six priorities are “repealing and replacing Obamacare, fixing the regulatory state to grow jobs, reforming the tax code, rebuilding the military, securing the border, and making sure that we can address some of the infrastructure problems that we have,” Ryan told CBS.
Interestingly enough, the 60 minutes interview was conducted on Dec. 1st, the same day as Flores’ commented to the insider group.
Ryan did go heavy on attacking Obamacare and creating job-saving tax reform.
“We’ve got to repeal and replace Obamacare because that is really hurting families,” Ryan told CBS’s Scott Pelley.
Ryan brushed off campaign fighting, saying lawmakers are ready to start anew with President-elect Donald Trump. “We are now entering an era of unified government,” he told Pelley.
But not fast, according to one prominent blogger, who says Trump will need to use leverage in order to get key campaign promises done.
“The GOP Congressional leadership wants to pass all its priorities quickly — tax cuts, regulatory cuts, Obamacare repeal, a Scalia replacement, maybe throw in some kind of weak ‘border security’ bill for show,” influential blogger Mickey Kaus told Breitbart.
“But once Trump signs their bills, what do they need him for? His leverage is cut in half. If he wants new laws — mandatory [mandatory] e-Verify, funding for a Wall etc.– it seems like he has to get them while he still has leverage.”
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