Opinion: Congressional Republicans need to start acting like a majority party
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Healthcare reform is in complete disarray. Republicans on the Hill have failed to come together on an issue that had united the GOP.
For seven years Congressional Republicans pushed to repeal or alter Obamacare. Between the House and Senate, they voted on some version of healthcare reform over 60 times.
Now when the Republican Party controls the House, the Senate and the White House, the Senate GOP can’t even agree to bring a bill to the floor for debate, let alone pass it.
When Obamacare was passed in 2010 Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency. They came together and got it done.
Healthcare reform is complicated, but let's simplify it. The reform process has been rushed with lots of starts and stops. The house deliberations were fractured. The Senate process may be breaking down completely.
With all that said, where can Republicans go from here?
The path to simply repeal Obamacare is very narrow in the Senate, let alone in the House of Representatives.
The White House will likely move on to focus on the other areas of its agenda - tax reform, infrastructure, trade.
Hopefully as healthcare gets out of the spotlight, Republican Senators will be able to actually achieve what they were elected to do. Remember, that occurred in the House, healthcare reform seemed dead in late March, only to be passed in early May.
If nothing is done, this will hang over the Republicans going into the 2018 midterm elections.
It is a lot easier when you are in the minority to push legislation, especially when you know it will likely get vetoed. When you are in the majority the bar is much higher. You are expected to be responsible and pass meaningful legislation.
If you can’t come together do that, why even have the majority?
The bottom line is that it is incumbent upon Republicans in the Senate to act like a majority party. Work together, forego grandstanding and be as united in a majority as they were in a minority.