68 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Independents want to see new Congressional leadership in the House and Senate, currently headed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a poll by the John McLaughlin conducted among 1,000 likely voters on Aug. 28 found.
Only 14 percent of Republican voters and 11 percent of Independents thought that Ryan and McConnell should keep their jobs, with 15 percent support overall.
Perhaps they are considering the dearth of accomplishments by the Republican Congress in its first year of “absolute” control of the federal government, with the House, Senate and White House.
Nine months into the first term of President Donald Trump and almost none of the things Congress was supposed to do have been accomplished. No tax cuts. No infrastructure. No Obamacare repeal. No southern border wall.
In fact, Ryan and McConnell’s approval was highest among Democrats at 21 percent. Probably for the same reason. If they remain in charge, apparently the GOP agenda remains safely unpassable.
Now, to be fair, it’s not all their fault. For example, it was Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in the Senate who torpedoed any effort to get some form of Obamacare repeal done this year on budget reconciliation, with only a simple majority threshold in the Senate. Would different leaders have made that much of a difference with those three?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Still, wherever the blame belongs, the failure to enact the President’s agenda rubs off negatively on Congressional leaders Ryan and McConnell all the same, and if they’re not…
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