“I don’t know that we could pass a Mother’s Day resolution right now,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, a freshman Republican from Florida who says he’s still committed to revamping Obamacare. He spoke of the failure in apocalyptic terms, saying Republicans may have given away the 2018 midterm elections, ensured that Trump will get impeached by Democrats once they’re in power and potentially exiled themselves to years in the minority.
Theoretically, Republicans say, Democrats should be more willing to work with them on tax reform and infrastructure, and that will make the vote math easier. Theoretically, Republicans say, voters who elected them and Trump to blow up a Washington that wasn’t doing anything and certainly wasn’t doing anything for them, will interpret not holding a vote as some kind of weird victory, or at least forget about it by next November…
But while Trump is trying to donkey kick the Democrats, he may have to rely on them to pass legislation like the investment in infrastructure that his own party is unlikely to be able to pass on its own.
“What President Trump has learned a few days in is that you can’t count on your Republican majority to come through for you in lock-step fashion,” said Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.). “I don’t know Donald Trump, but I know he is about getting things done, and if he can’t come to the Republican conference to get stuff done, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of options.”