House Republicans are heading back to their districts without much to brag about.
At the beginning of six consecutive weeks of work, many GOP lawmakers had anticipated a productive stretch of legislating that would put a shine on President Trump’s first 100 days in office.
Instead, they return home having to explain to their constituents why they weren’t able to repeal and replace ObamaCare and how they can possibly unite around the rest of their agenda.
The biggest accomplishment Republicans can tout is the expected Senate confirmation on Friday of Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch. The Senate on Thursday invoked the “nuclear option,” altering the chamber’s rules to prevent filibusters of Supreme Court nominees.
Republicans have also used a little-known law to revoke a number of Obama-era regulations.
But some of these actions have provoked unwelcome headlines.
In the most high-profile example, Trump signed into law a measure approved by the House and Senate repealing an Obama-era rule that prevented telecom and cable companies from sharing or selling their customers’ personal information for targeted ads without first obtaining permission.
The measure was ripped in online forums, and a Huffington Post/YouGov poll found that 83 percent of Americans disapproved of the change.
Republicans have no major legislative accomplishment to show for their efforts in the first quarter of 2017.
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