The recent failure to vote the new healthcare bill yesterday was a huge setback for the Congressional Republicans. It was the second time it was pulled from the floor as a result of it not getting enough support to get passed. As a result of this, Speaker Paul Ryan might end up leaving his position as Speaker of the House.
It is clear to everyone that President Trump did everything he could to negotiate a better deal. Just one day before the bill was yanked from the floor, the WH met with members of the Freedom Caucus, who threatened to vote no, however, the administration’s attempts to edit the bill more to their liking, completely failed.
One of the bigger complaints was that the bill carried way too many of the provisions from the Affordable Care Act, and it was some version of Obamacare-lite. And as a result of this, people Paul Ryan’s position as Speaker is threatened and Trey Gowdy is being considered for the position instead.
Gowdy has been known for chairing the Benghazi special House committee and switching to attack mode against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and Eric Holder. This means that he could be the more conservative leader which could bring consensus to our Congress.
A statement was released by a source close to the Trump administration, concerning Paul Ryan,
“This is another example of the staff not serving the president well and the weakness of the Paul Ryan speakership. This calls into question once again the speaker’s commitment to supporting Donald Trump and his agenda. Speaker Ryan proved today that he does not have the best interests of the President at heart. He sold out the president and showed his word can be taken with a grain of salt. There is only one course of action that should be taken to move past this catastrophe and that is the swift removal of Paul Ryan from the speakership.”
Unfortunately, the Speaker is voted on by members of the House, meaning that even if Trump does not like him, he can’t fire him. However what he can do is rally support to appoint a new Speaker.