Frustration is boiling over for congressional Republicans who, despite a majority in both Houses, have failed to pass meaningful legislation, Politico reported.
The latest founder was the Senate's version of healthcare that stalled this week when leaders postponed a vote until after July 4 recess, leading to this sharp critique from Republican Sen. Tom Cotton:
"You're too weak to do what you should do," the Arkansas senator told colleagues at a White House powwow, according to Politico.
Cotton's not the first to criticize his peers for failing to rule with the majority. Sen. Ted Cruz last week suggested Republicans were all in favor of similar healthcare legislation with President Barack Obama in office, knowing he would veto it and save them from owning it.
And the list for Republicans continues to grow while the window to get it all done continues to shrink.
Wrapping up healthcare, as well as looming battles on the budget, debt ceiling, infrastructure and tax reform, all need attention before summer recess in August.
"We've got a healthcare vote, the debt ceiling, then you've got appropriations. And then you've got to get to tax. And then you've got to [do] a budget in the meantime. I just don't see how you get it done without working a few weeks in August," Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., told Politico, joining a chorus of lawmakers pushing to cancel the August recess.
Regardless, hanging in the balance for Republicans are their majorities, which could be at risk in 2018 if they don't come together.
"We're better than this. … We're not governing right now," Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., told Politico.
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