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GOP Donors Grow Skittish Over Lack of Legislative Progress

Deep-pocketed Republicans threaten to withhold support over lack of health care, tax reform victories

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Colorado-based Koch donor Chris Wright said that the GOP-led Congress has a 10-month period of time before any legislative action they ultimately take becomes engulfed in the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election.

“If we don’t get anything done by then, the elections probably don’t go very well,” Wright said. “They may not go well anyway.”

AFP President Tim Phillips agreed with Wright’s timeline, saying, “There is urgency … We believe we have a window of about 12 months to get as much of it accomplished as possible before the 2018 elections grind policy to a halt.”

“What we’re urging Republicans in the House and the Senate to do is to be bold, to go big,” Phillips added, according to BuzzFeed. “It gives them the opportunity to point to real accomplishments when they get to 2018.”

Wisconsin donor Bob Fettig said he hoped the Senate would pass health care reform so Congress could move forward on tax reform.

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“It looks like they’re serious, and they’re actually going to do something to simplify it,” Fettig said, according to Politico. “The big question is, when it gets down to vote time, are they going to introduce all kinds of amendments to undo the simplicity of it?”

“A lot of people are frustrated with our government in general because politicians don’t do what they say they’re going to do,” Fettig added. “I’m confident that Trump will continue to push forward. … Politicians are continuing to be politicians.”

The GOP donors raised their concerns about Congress’ capabilities after Ryan attempted to reassure them earlier in June during a speech at the Omni Homestead Resort in Virginia. He said he expected the Senate to pass health care reform before the July 4 recess and promised that tax reform and infrastructure reform would be following on its heels.[lz_pagination]

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