Following Wednesday, which marks the 100th day of the first GOP-controlled Congress in almost a decade, Republicans say more productive legislative periods are underway.
In an interview with USA Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said, “When the American people elect divided government they don’t expect nothing to happen. What they anticipate will happen is people on both sides will look for things they can agree on to go forward.”
In the last four years, the Senate has been controlled by one party, while the House, by the other, giving birth to one of the least productive legislative periods.
However, despite bumps along the way, the first 100 days of the 114th Congress showed progress. Republicans and the Obama administration concurring on policy goals on issues of trade and cybersecurity, along with the party’s desire to show before the 2016 elections that it can govern with responsibility, pave the way for politics that could bring positive results.
“What I want the American people to think about this new Congress is that we’re a responsible, right-of-center, governing majority… and if you give us the opportunity to join this right-of-center, responsible governing majority with a Republican president, we’ll change the country,” McConnell said.
However, problems have been seen as House Republicans struggle with divisions that gave GOP defeats on border security, abortion and education legislation when adequate votes couldn’t be collected.
Furthermore, in February, the Department of Homeland Security was under threat of shutting down when the GOP were looking to protest President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, which protected over 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. The action would have indicated GOP’s inefficient governance since it took control of the legislative branch in January.
With 100 days in, 60% Americans feel the federal government is working the same as it did under GOP governance, according to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll. A relatively smaller fraction, 22%, said it was worse, while merely 8% believed it was better.
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