House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said that Congressional Republicans need to pass major legislation or they may lose their majority in the 2018 election.
“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan said in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”
Ryan placed the blame on the Senate, which has faced repeated failure in their attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said.
Speaker Ryan is also concerned about the distractions coming from the White House, but didn’t specifically name President Trump.
“There’s just been a lot of distractions out there, whether it’s Russia, or tweeting, or whatever,” Ryan added.
“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House — the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.
Ryan said he would like to see legislation on tax cuts introduced in September, in an attempt to pass a bill by the end of the year.
“We had different opinions on how to advance health care reform,” he added. “On tax reform, we’re largely in agreement.”