House Republicans give up on pretense of governing, plan to head home after 2.5 days of 'work'

House Republican leaders Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks while flanked by House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise (R-LA) (C) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), during a news conference on Capitol Hill December 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Speaker Ryan spoke about progress in the tax reform legislation that is currently in conference committee. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

House Republican leaders Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy

House Republicans aren’t even pretending to try:

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More time for them to fundraise, I guess, which makes sense if they’ve given up on passing legislation that might cause people to want to vote for them. If they don’t have accomplishments to point to—and their one major legislative accomplishment isn’t very popular—they’ll be needing a lot of money for negative ads to help them hang onto their majority. 

It’s so hard when your party controls the White House and both houses of Congress.

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