Last year was a big year for Republicans. The GOP has control over Congress and the White House. However, they do not want to lose that majority in the 2018 midterm elections despite polls that suggest that are headed towards historic losses in 2018.
Many Republicans blame President Trump’s divisive rhetoric and failure to deliver on certain promises for certain states, such as Alabama turning blue. Back in December, a special election was held to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions in the Alabama Senate. After Trump endorsed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, he ended up losing to his Democratic opponent Doug Jones in a historic victory, which made Jones the first Democrat elected to office in Alabama in over twenty years.
The last thing the GOP wants to happen is for all the traditionally red states to vote blue and flip the seats in Congress; therefore, lawmakers have to be careful about which laws they support as it could cost them their reelection.
Entitlement reform is one hot issue on the GOP agenda that is controversial right now. However, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters on Friday that the GOP’s plan to cut social programs like Medicaid and Medicare will likely not happen.
“I don’t see us tackling it this year,” the Speaker explained. Ryan went on to explain that the GOP changed its mind because the Republicans do not have the political capability to risk supporting the proposal at this time.”You’re going to have to find bipartisan consensus to fix these thorny, long-term problems, and we don’t have that right now,” he conceded.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also thinks entitlement reform is a nonstarter, arguing, “Democrats are not going to be interested in entitlement reform.” Are you glad the GOP is picking their battles wisely?