President Trump’s failure to persuade a group of conservative House Republicans to fall behind Trumpcare is bringing predictions of another government shutdown.
Trump tried to cajole, lobby, and threaten Republicans into backing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last week, only to have the effort collapse Friday.
His inability to corral of the House GOP is raising doubts about his ability to enact sweeping tax reform – or even keep the government running after the latest funding resolution expires at the end of April.
A shutdown now is ‘more likely than not’ a top Republican with close ties to the White House told Axios.
The federal government is facing the prospect of another potential government shutdown, now that a failure to pass a healthcare bill exposed remaining fissures within the Republican Party
‘Wall Street is not expecting a shutdown and the markets are unprepared,’ said the Republican.
Added Chris Krueger of Cowen Washington Research Group: ‘Hello April 29 government shutdown.’ The current continuing resolution to fund the government runs out at midnight April 28.
The issue confronting Trump is similar to the one that President Obama and then-House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio faced in 2013: a block of conservative Republicans who are willing to vote ‘No’ instead of bowing to pressure from the White House, Wall Street, and even powerful establishment interest groups.
But unlike then, a single party holds all three major levers of power in government.
The government shut down for more than two weeks in 2013 after Tea Party members refused to backdown and tried to use the leverage of a shutdown to defund Obamcare.
I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL: President Obama had to navigate a government shutdown in 2013 after House Republicans tried to force him to defund Obamacare. The tactic failed
‘I think the president is disappointed in the number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren’t,’ White House chief of staff Reince Prieubs told Fox News Sunday
The shutdown led to furloughs and a pause in all but those government services deemed essential.
Trump took a shot at the conservative Freedom Caucus on Sunday, after earlier blaming Democrats for the defeat of the health care bill.’Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!’ he tweeted.
He complained in his remarks Friday after the stunning defeat that, the White House ‘learned a lot about loyalty and the vote-getting process.’
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus indicated Sunday Trump may try to bypass the most conservative Republicans in the future if needed, speaking on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
‘I think the president is disappointed in the number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren’t.’
WHY DON’T YOU TRY: Former House Speaker John Boehner leaves after a meeting with House Republicans on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 16, 2013 at the end of a government shutdown
Ryan made blunt statements Friday afternoon about his party’s ability to govern, despite holding a healthy majority in the House, while also controlling the Senate and the White House.
‘Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with some growing pains,’ Ryan said. ‘Well, we’re feeling those growing pains today. We came really close today. But we came up short,’ Ryan said hours after pulling the health bill from the floor schedule.
‘I will not sugar-coat this. This is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard,’ Ryan added.
‘There are some folks in the Republican House caucus who have yet to make the pivot from complaining to governing,’ said Republican pollster Whit Ayres. ‘And this is a White House controlled by a politician who is not really trying to lead a party.’
‘There are some folks in the Republican House caucus who have yet to make the pivot from complaining to governing,’ GOP pollster Whit Ayres told the Associated Press. ‘And this is a White House controlled by a politician who is not really trying to lead a party.’
‘I think we have to do some soul-searching internally to determine whether or not we are even capable as a governing body,’ said Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota.
Senate minority leader Charles Schumer of New York warned earlier this month about the prospect of a shutdown.
‘If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy,’ Schumer said.