More than a few members of Congress are skeptical of the new administration, and they are likely to continue to be until the president’s agenda is delivered, writes the Hill’s Michael Barone.
Trump has taken steps to push the GOP agenda through Congress.
In January, the president signed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is known as Obamacare.
Then in March, he signed another bill that repealed the health care law and replaced it with a version of a health care plan that the American people will ultimately have to decide for themselves.
Trump’s efforts to roll back the health law have been met with some resistance from some members of the GOP, including Rep. David McKinley (R-Wash.).
Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare and, when asked about the legislation in an interview with Fox News in May, he said, “The American people should be able to decide how they want to live their lives.”
But McKinley said in a statement that the new president “has the ability to unilaterally withdraw all of the President’s actions that are not in the public interest.”
He added that “Congressional Republicans have been slow to respond, and the president has the authority to withdraw the executive actions from his desk, so there is no way to stop the president from taking them.”
McKinley also said that the Trump team “has not done a great job of negotiating” with Republicans, and he wants to see a bipartisan approach to repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act.
McKinleys comments came after a Senate committee voted down a resolution to begin the process of repealing Obamacare on Thursday.
The measure was opposed by many Republicans.
Democrats are looking to build momentum ahead of a March 4th legislative deadline to repeal parts of the health bill.
But the president is pushing to pass his own health care legislation.
Trump is expected to deliver a big speech on his agenda on Friday.