Republicans: The ‘biggest threat’ to the Trump agenda
The House is debating a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and gut environmental protections in an attempt to force the administration to act before lawmakers adjourn.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday that he plans to use the legislation as leverage to push the president to enact his proposed border wall, which the president has vowed to do.
McCarthy said in a statement that he will use the bill as leverage in order to force his administration to “work with the Senate to pass a border wall and stop the spread of disease.”
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R (Texas), also is seeking to use a measure to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, which has been targeted by Democrats in the past.
But in a meeting with reporters Thursday, Brady said Republicans are unlikely to pass any major bill this year unless the administration acts.
“I would not count on us doing anything,” he said.
“We don’t know what the president is going to do and we don’t have a strategy.”
Democrats have said that it’s unrealistic to expect the president and his top aides to act.
And even if they did, Trump has made it clear he would veto any spending bills that failed to include his signature policy agenda, which includes repealing and replacing ObamaCare.
But Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said Trump could use the border wall as leverage if he were unable to make good on his promise to build it.
“The president is in a terrible position,” Lowey said.