Reportedly, House Republicans fear Republican Senators will derail the Trump agenda and hurt the House majority.
Republican Senators are much more secure in their offices than House Republicans. While voters will express their frustrations with unfulfilled promises in 2018, their wrath will, if it falls, mostly fall on the House of Representatives.
So, if some Republican Senators wanted fewer Republicans and more Democrats in the House of Representatives, they have the power to get what they want.
The Hill reports, “Distrust of Senate grows within GOP.”
A day after the GOP presented a united front around the rollout of President Trump’s tax plan, House Republicans are expressing deep reservations about the Senate’s ability to get the job done.
Lawmakers stung over the failure to pass ObamaCare repeal worry the same fate could befall the tax measure if a handful of senators raise objections.
“Donald Trump won with an electoral landside and his three big campaign points were ObamaCare repeal, tax reform and border security. For a handful of senators to derail that agenda is very frustrating,” said Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who is close to the House GOP leadership, says colleagues are frustrated with a handful of senators “overruling the will of the entire House.”
“We do need to see them step up and actually deliver for a change. We have over 200 bills sitting stalled over there. They haven’t been able to deliver on [health care] reform and they all ran on it and now we have a do-or-die moment on tax reform,” he said.
There’s also a sense among House Republicans that their Senate brethren aren’t under the same pressure to get results — perhaps because the GOP’s majority in the Senate is seen as safer in the 2018 midterm elections than the House majority.
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