Following the GOP’s health care debacle last week, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) said on Monday that President Trump would be wise to turn his attention to passing an infrastructure bill next.
“I would recommend they pivot to infrastructure now because that issue I think has the best opportunity to develop some sort of bipartisan coalition in the House and the Senate,” Dent told reporters.
Since the House GOP pulled its plan to repeal and replace Obamacare last week, Trump has levied the blame on Democrats who didn’t fully support the bill. Others have called out Speaker Ryan, while some blame the House Freedom Caucus for its role in leading Republican resistance against the bill, which ultimately led to its demise.
Dent himself was against the bill, and recently commented that Trump and his administration had alienated “center-right” members of the House by “making concessions to the hard-right elements of the conference.” He added, “I knew darn well they were not going to vote for the bill anyway.”
Dent explained that there are basic rules of governance which have to be handled in order to take care of big issues facing our country. “We have to be able to do the basic blocking and tackling of governance before we want to throw the ball downfield,” he said.
According to Dent, “The very issues that drove John Boehner from the speaker’s job, the underlying politics dynamic still remain today and are creating problems for Paul Ryan. He is doing the best he can under tough circumstances.”
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