It’s sad that House Republicans needed to call a press conference to talk about how much they have done so far this year.
At a GOP leadership press conference on Wednesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy touted a chart showing the House passed nearly 300 bills since President Trump took office. But according to conservatives, the House Republicans have been slow in bringing about major reform.
According to The Hill:
“House Republicans are battling one another over how much work they’ve done in President Trump’s first six-plus months in office.
GOP leaders say the media isn’t paying enough attention to a litany of significant bills that have already been passed by the House.
At a GOP leadership press conference on Wednesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) touted a chart showing a spike in bills passed by the House since President Trump took office.
Conservatives argue that the chart shows how sensitive their leadership is to the truth: that they’ve been slow to enact promises to bring about major reform to Washington.
“If I see another chart that shows how many bills we’ve passed in the first seven months, I think I’m gonna scream,” said conservative Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).
“The favorite bad habit of this GOP conference is to conflate activity with progress. They are not the same.”
Two hours after the press conference with McCarthy, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus held an event of their own to argue lawmakers need to cancel the August recess in order to get more work done.
“Play the two press conferences: The one that the leadership had earlier in the day, and the one we had. And ask the American people, ‘Who do you believe?’” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a Freedom Caucus member.
“My guess is they’ll probably say, ‘Oh, those Freedom Caucus guys, I kinda think they’re on the right track.’”
McCarthy noted that the House has passed nearly 300 bills so far this year, which surpassed the average of 176 at this point in a new presidency since the George H.W. Bush administration. The vast majority of those bills have not been taken up by the Senate, however.
In June, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wrote an op-ed in the conservative Independent Journal Review imploring people to “ignore the cable news bickering” because “this Congress is getting things done.””
Do you think the House Republicans have done anything major since they become the majority in Washington?