Despite having control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives since the November 2016 elections, Republicans have not delivered on their biggest campaign promises. "So that, I think, is an aggressive schedule, but that is our timetable", Short said, according to Politico.
But Trump could well become incensed by news stories praising Kelly for bringing order to the White House.
But others blame the president for the legislative stalemate. But a comprehensive tax reform initiative remains under wraps amid deep divisions in the party.
Mulvaney has "got a big job, he ought to do that job and let us do our jobs", Cornyn said. "I hope colleagues will cooperate across the aisle in our efforts to do so".
"It's time to move onto something else, come back to health care when we've had more time to get beyond the moment we're in", said Sen.
Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) described in an interview, posted Thursday, with Slate's Jim Newell how he's preparing to speak with Republican Louisianans who have grown tired of watching a stalled conservative agenda fail to take shape under their party's leadership.
When Senate Republicans failed to repeal and replace the "Affordable" Care Act, they by default committed themselves to upholding the doomed law. The idea was that neither Democrats nor Republicans wanted that to happen, so they would be forced to make a deal.
Democrats on Tuesday drew a line in the sand.
David Donnelly, president and CEO of the money-in-politics watchdog group, Every Voice, warned that Democrats who vote for a tax cut that exclusively benefits the rich could find themselves in trouble with middle class voters.
When a reporter asked McConnell if Republicans could agree to the Democrats' demand not to add to deficits, he said, "Oh, tell them to grow up".
But Republican lawmakers, who hold majorities in both houses and yet have no major legislative accomplishments to boast of upon returning home, sure don't seem too thrilled to be heading back to their constituents-many of whom are planning town hall protests and other demonstrations just outside of their local government offices.
"Ultimately, we have to put incentives in place to get that growth rate up", McConnell said.
Lowering taxes and simplifying arcane tax codes should unite red-blooded Republicans like no other issue, but they will run into the same obstacles coalescing around a plan as with replacing Obamacare - reforming Medicaid and other entitlements.
"It's pretty obvious that our problem on health care was not the Democrats", McConnell said drily on Tuesday. But with so few details at this stage, it is hard to say how difficult of a lift Ryan and McConnell will face.
Here are some of the bipartisan efforts underway in Congress over the American Care Act.
NV-SEN: POLITICO reports on how Dean Heller is under fire for his votes on Obamacare. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that while high-income households may see a cut in their top income tax rate, many won't actually pay less because a lot of their deductions would go away. The senator also said fellow lawmakers should fund those payments for one year. While the sequester was meant to bridge differences between the two parties, a repeal and delay plan would be meant to bring Republican moderates and extreme conservatives to the bargaining table.
Republican senators looked exhausted as they recited the day's talking points on the latest presidential foul ball.
Photographs of that meeting with Trump are featured prominently in the Rosen campaign ad.
Their drive to tear down Obama's law crashed with three disastrous Senate votes last week.