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Republicans Blame GOP In Congress For Delays

| by Jordan Smith
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Republican voters are increasingly frustrated with GOP members of Congress for holding up a number of election promises that have yet to be implemented.

That's according to a July 3 report from the Associated Press, which spoke to Republican voters and party officials in several states.

During his run for the presidency, Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare, change the tax system, rebuild roads and bridges, and build a border wall with Mexico.

The first of these promises, healthcare reform, remains stuck in the Senate as Republicans debate its provisions.

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Some voters blame congressional Republicans for the impasse.

"Shut up. Get on board. And let's give President Trump the benefit of the doubt. It takes a while," Sheila Gentry said, referring to the congressional GOP, the AP reported.

Her husband, Travis, agreed.

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"They just need a good whooping," he added.

Trump's approval rating is slightly below the 40 percent mark, but the favorability rating for Republicans in Congress is lower at around 25 percent.

The health care bill presented by the Senate in June which would repeal Obamacare is backed by 17 percent of voters, one of the lowest levels of support for a piece of major legislation.

Party members are concerned that failure to move ahead with the legislative agenda will have consequences.

"Everyone I know looks at trying to get Obamacare repealed and says, 'If we're making this much of a pig's breakfast out of that, what are we going to do with tax reform?'" Ryan Frederick, Republican Party chairman in Adair County, Iowa, told the AP.

"We've dreamed of killing Obamacare for seven years," Frederick added. "And we have the House, the Senate and the presidency, and we can't do it. What's the deal, guys?"

Ernie Rudolph, a voter in Iowa, agreed that the legislative hold-ups were creating challenges.

"It's a problem for Republicans, who were put in place to fix this stuff," he told the AP. "If you can't fix it, I need someone who can."

Republican senators opposed to the healthcare bill tell a different story, arguing that voters in their local districts are urging them to block the legislation's passage in its current form.

"What I've been hearing the entire recess is people telling me to be strong, that they have a lot of concerns about the health care bill in the senate, they want me to keep working on it, but they don't want me to support it in its current form," Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said, according to CNN.

Four senators declared their opposition to the bill after it was presented by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell was subsequently forced to announce a postponement of the vote because Republicans did not have the 50 votes they require to get the legislation passed.

With McConnell cancelling the vote, the number of Republican senators against the legislation rose to nine.

Sources: Associated Press via US News, CNN / Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy/Flickr, Paul Ryan/Twitter

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