Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., understands Republicans are in dangerous territory.
In an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal Thursday, Ryan acknowledged that conservative voters will be reluctant to turn out for Republicans in the 2018 midterms if the major parts of Trump’s agenda, like repealing Obamacare, remain unaccomplished.
“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan said. “I am frustrated as well.”
Ryan blamed the Senate’s process, and the Democrats’ liberal use of the filibuster, on Congress’ failure to send conservative legislation to President Trump’s desk.
“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House — the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” Ryan said.
As The Hill recounts, key pieces of legislation — including the repeal of Dodd-Frank, defunding sanctuary cities, and funding for the border wall — have passed the House of Representatives but have not been taken up by the Senate. Expressing frustration with the Senate, Ryan also noted how controversies surrounding the president and his Twitter habits are taking Republicans off message.