House Republicans left Friday for a five-week break from the Capitol to face constituents who are expected to be frustrated by the lack of big agenda accomplishments.
The House hasn't passed a tax reform bill, no repeal of Obamacare was sent to President Trump's desk, and with only weeks left to the fiscal year when the House returns after Labor Day, a stop-gap spending bill will likely be needed to save the federal government from a shutdown.
"The game is not over," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said when asked about the GOP's accomplishments. "It's like getting discouraged halfway through the game."
But voters are getting restless.
A Morning Consult/Politico survey last week said 45 percent of voters, including GOP voters, said the Republican-led Congress has accomplished less than expected since taking office in January.
Speaker Paul Ryan has been promoting the more than 270 House-passed bills as well as the progress made between the House and Senate on writing a tax reform proposal.
The House GOP has set up a new website, didyouknow.gop, to promote the bills they have passed and have instructed lawmakers going home in August to direct their constituents to the site. It features a quiz that warns "you may not be as informed as you expect," because news coverage doesn't focus on House accomplishments and instead focuses on Trump administration controversies or breaking news stories.
"Through all the noise and all the distractions, we are addressing the problems people face in their everyday lives," Ryan said this week. "We understand that a lot of people don't know about that, and a lot of people aren't familiar with all the progress we've made and all the bills that we have passed in this first six months."
The list includes reforms to help veterans, end human trafficking, and prevent taxpayer funding of abortions.
But big GOP legislative wins are also getting drowned out by the daily news cycle often dominated by strife in the Trump administration.
"There is a lot of stuff going on," Cole said. "Not to mention tweets and what the White House story du jour is. So, it's hard to keep people focused on that. But that is what town meetings are for and going home and staying in touch."
The authors of the Morning Consult poll point out that one of the most significant bills to pass the House, a repeal of Obama-era banking regulations, was buried that day in nonstop media coverage of congressional testimony by ousted FBI Director James Comey.
Many of the bills passed by the House are languishing in the Senate, where they face a Democratic filibuster or opposition from enough GOP lawmakers to prevent even a simple majority from passing them.
House Republicans have become increasingly frustrated by the GOP-led Senate, which capped off the work period early Friday morning by rejecting a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, potentially killing it for good.
House Republicans, shocked by the defeat, now question whether the plan to finish tax reform by the end of the year stands any chance of clearing Congress, given the GOP Senate's difficulties reaching consensus.
"We did our job; it's time for the Senate to do its job," Sen. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., told the Washington Examiner.