Trump’s Expectations Are Too High

Aug 9, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the president’s expectations for Congress are too high. McConnell said that Trump was “new” and had “excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.” Legislative inexperience and the setting of artificial deadlines on healthcare and tax reform make it appear that Congress is dysfunctional. “A Congress goes on for two years. And part of the reason I think that this storyline is that we haven’t done much is because in part the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point.” McConnell said that a better measure should be to judge Congress when the current Congress finishes in early 2019. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the House has been very productive. It has passed at least 270 bills. But the Senate has been slow to act on any of them. The U.S. Senate has been called the world’s most deliberative body. Senator Schumer likes to tell the story that the Senate is the “cooling saucer” where the hype and enthusiasm of the House is tempered.