The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took aim Monday at House Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional Republicans over their inability to govern and put a win on the board during the first 200 days of the Trump presidency, labeling it a "spectacular failure" on their part.
In a memo released Monday, the DCCC pointed to Ryan's claim that a 200-day evaluation was fairer than a 100-day version and hit him for his leadership and the party's inability to pass any major legislation.
"[Ryan] got his extra time, and after even a cursory assessment, there's no doubt that Paul Ryan has achieved almost nothing since January 20th, is increasingly unpopular nationally and within his own party, and is unfit to lead his unruly caucus," said Tyler Law, press secretary for the DCCC. "With Ryan at the helm, the entire House Republican majority is at risk."
The memo pointed to congressional Republicans' failure to pass healthcare, tax, or infrastructure reform; a budget; or to agree to a deal to raise the debt ceiling, and said this will lead to Democratic victories at the ballot box in 2018. The DCCC is currently targeting 80 seats as they look to win back the House of Representatives since they lost it in the 2010 midterm elections.
According to the latest RealClearPolitics average, a generic Democratic congressional candidate holds nearly a 9-point advantage over their Republican counterpart. Democrats need to win back 24 seats to retake the House majority.
"Paul Ryan did not lead House Republican into the majority, but he could certainly be the one to lose it," the DCCC said. "If that happens, he will have no one to blame but himself."Senate Republicans have set a deadline for the end of September to have a healthcare bill passed, while Republican lawmakers are hopeful to have a tax reform package passed by Thanksgiving. Top Trump administration figures, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, are calling for a clean debt ceiling bill.
Meanwhile, Republicans on Capitol Hill push back against the idea that they haven't done anything in the first 200 days. A top House Republican pointed to regulatory reform through the Congressional Review Act earlier this year, border security legislation and the passage of the American Health Care Act in May.
"Over the last 200 days, House Republicans have passed meaningful legislation that reduces the regulatory burdens placed on job creators, creates safer communities, and lifts up middle-class families," said Jesse Hunt, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "All House Democrats have done is create juvenile bumper-stickers and a recycled 'messaging plan.'"