Three Strikes Means You’re Out, Speaker Ryan
Paul Ryan’s leadership as House Speaker is dismal. His chief duty is to manage the House’s legislative agenda, not to enrich his Twitter feed.
Given that he has now failed not once, but twice in corralling Republican Members of Congress to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, President Trump should ask him to step aside. The necessity of Ryan being replaced becomes even more clear because, apparently, we are looking at a third attempt to pass the American Health Care Act.
House Republican leaders delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill until next week at the earliest, denying President Donald Trump a major legislative victory during his first 100 days in office.
Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants decided during a late-night huddle in the Capitol that they still do not have the votes to pass the stalled health-care legislation. At least 15 House Republicans remain solidly opposed to the bill, with another 20 leaning no or still undecided, according to GOP lawmakers and aides.
White House officials, after striking a deal with conservatives, had publicly raised expectations that the vote would occur this week. And they privately pushed Ryan (R-Wis.) to hand Trump something he could tout as a major legislative victory before Saturday, his 100th day in office.
But GOP leaders are still struggling to secure the votes.
Hey, Mr. Speaker, what does “progress” mean to you if you can’t get a bill passed? Maybe you should take your bat and go home.