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Report: House Republicans Have No Big Plans for the Rest of the Year

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Aside from passing a couple bills to fund the federal government at a basic, status quo level, House Republicans have virtually no plans for the rest of the year.

Republican leader discussed their future plans during a meeting on Tuesday which consists of a series of symbolic votes that probably won't even make headlines or at least not for good reasons.

Although that agenda included an omnibus appropriations bill to keep the government funded until October, as well as a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization and some banking legislation, other items were pure messaging votes ― like a balanced budget amendment and implausible Internal Revenue Service reforms tied to April 15.

Also on the slide was the so-called Stop School Violence Act, the most ambitious feature of which is the name. The bill would simply provide $50 million annually for training and equipment to prevent and respond to school violence. Plus, there was mention of legislation to streamline permits for energy infrastructure projects and the farm bill, which may come down to a one-year extension rather than a full five-year reauthorization.

We can say with some level of confidence that the farm bill will be a one-year extension because, as you may recall, the Freedom Caucus says they would rather vote for a one-year extension than a five-year bill that doesn't impose the kind of cuts and "reforms" they're looking for, such as massive cuts to food stamps.

It appears that Republicans aren't even considering trying to pass Trump's fake infrastructure plan, but that's hardly surprising.

For the most part I believe it's good news that House Republicans have no big plans for the rest of the year, but I will say it appears to me that when Trump gets bored is when he starts doing exceptionally stupid shit like announce tariffs on imports without even consulting his cabinet secretaries.

The next seven months is a long time for Trump's idle hands to use global peace and order as a fidget spinner.

  • swift_4

    I’m pretty sure this is the smartest thing they can do. They’re basically laying low for midterms. Everything they’ve managed to attempt so far has made them look both incompetent and disorganized.

    They paid their masters. Now they’re going to sit back and wait for their masters to fund their attack ads for the next several months.

  • Wookie Monster

    Having big plans requires leadership and a governing philosophy. The House GOP have neither.

  • muselet

    Almost a year ago, when the House failed to repeal the ACA, Paul Ryan said: “Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains.”

    Mind you, I’m perfectly happy for the GOP not to become a governing party, because R policy preferences tend to hurt people (the current fracas over funding the government is between those who want to hurt lots of people and those who only want to hurt many people), but Paul Ryan has been in Congress since 1999. I’d have expected someone of more-or-less normal intelligence to learn how Congress works in that time.

    Paul Ryan is even worse at his job than was John Boehner, for which we should all be grateful.

    As for Donald Trump, maybe we can buy him an unreasonable number of Legos to keep him occupied.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      I spend an inordinate amount of time just thinking about everything I’m going to write when Paul Ryan finally leaves office without accomplishing almost anything he’s been pursuing for the last 10 years.

      • muselet

        Paul Ryan: all hat, no cattle.

        –alopecia

        • Re: Ryan, for a guy who is so proud of his guns, he sure does shoot blanks.

      • Wookie Monster

        That’s actually a good thing given that virtually everything Paul Ryan wants to accomplish is terrible for the country.

      • stacib23

        It will be the shortest post ever. Just four words – thank God you’re gone. 😁

  • Somebody needs to get him one of those Chinese finger puzzles, maybe that will keep him busy for the next 7 months.

    • muselet

      I’d prefer handcuffs, but finger traps are an acceptable alternative.

      –alopecia

      • Either way, he’d never get out of them!