As Storm Clouds Swirl, Trump Attempts To Move Forward With His Agenda

Throughout our country’s history, there has been some form of gridlock in the nation’s capital that has prevented things from getting done. In general, it ebbs and flows depending on the overall temperament of lawmakers and their ability to work together. For the right here and now, the general gridlock seems to have shifted to an overall standstill. That’s a symptom of the current political environment, as opponents and supporters of President Donald Trump have been consumed by the various storms swirling over the Trump administration.

As the Daily Mail shares, Trump is still trying to press forward with his agenda, but that gets lost in the shuffle of the various salacious stories making the rounds. The same applies for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. There are attempts to get things done, but those attempts are not making much headway in the average daily news cycle.

For example, this week the president is attempting to make some progress on infrastructure and other issues, but that’s not receiving much attention. The news cycle is absolutely dominated by former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony, which makes it appear as if things are at a complete standstill.

Nonetheless, Trump is pressing ahead. On Tuesday, he met with GOP leaders to take their overall temperature on issues such as health care, tax reform and infrastructure. On the healthcare front, he would later comment in front of cameras that he hoped the Senate would follow the House’s lead “and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great healthcare for Americans. I'm looking forward to seeing it, so looking forward to seeing it.”

He would also make note of the tax cut that he hopes to see happen sooner rather than later.

“I think we're going to have some very pleasant surprises for a lot of people,” he said.

Trump would close things up by striking an optimistic tone that some progress will be made.

“What a great team this is. What an unbelievable team. We'll know soon,” Trump said.

Legislative Director Marc Short offered up some remarks prior to the meeting, and he acknowledged the difficulty of getting things done in the current environment.

“There's no doubt that keeping members focused on investigations detracts from our legislative agenda, detracts from what we're trying to deliver to the American people. To what extent I think is hard for me to say,” he said. “Tomorrow's meeting are specifically focused more on Republican leadership and figuring out our path forward. We wish it weren't this way, but the reality is, it will be a partisan exercise.”

The partisan exercises are what leads to the gridlock in the first place. When you combine that with the general obsession with Comey, Russia and all sorts of palace intrigue stories, the nation’s capital is beginning to resemble a soap opera. It’s about time for a reboot, and perhaps members of Congress and the Executive Branch of the government can take off their partisan hats - at least for a little while - and take care of some things that really matter.

Source: Daily Mail
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