The Hill by Scott Wong --
Paul Ryan is about to enter what could be the most critical month yet of his Speakership.
But by the end of March, what will define success for the wonky Wisconsin Republican?
holding power at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, Republicans are
grappling with intense intraparty divisions over plans to repeal and
replace ObamaCare, reform the tax code and build a border wall.
a difficult balancing act for the 47-year-old Ryan. As Speaker, he
committed to a “bottom-up” approach that empowers committees to draft
and mark up these proposals.
But Ryan is also under enormous pressure to notch some major
legislative victories for Republicans, meaning he may have to take a
more hands-on role in the coming weeks to help whip votes and shepherd
some bills to the finish line.
“The Speaker must have at least two
substantial legislative initiatives on the president’s desk for
signatures by the end of March, or the American people will start to
question where Congress is and why they can’t get things done,” said
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), an ally of President Trump. Meadows,
chairman of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, is part of
Ryan’s team of congressional advisers.