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On the GOP team, Trump is scoring all the points while Congress is sidelined


On the GOP team, Trump is scoring all the points while Congress is sidelined

WATCH | It's been 10 years since Republicans last controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House, but what do they have to show for it? If you're keeping score, President Trump is scoring the big points and Congress is on the sidelines. 

Trump is the MVP

When it comes to the GOP's agenda, Trump is the one making the most progress, and that's mostly been through executive orders. 

So far he has signed 23 orders dealing with trade policy, overhauling the federal government, getting rid of federal regulations, beefing up border security, giving the thumbs up to the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines and more. 

But he had one big miss...  

Trump's travel ban hasn't played out so well. 

The White House has tried twice to instate a temporary ban on people traveling to the U.S. from certain Muslim-majority countries. Both times the executive orders were met with court challenges that stopped the ban from being enforced. 

Congress isn't playing hardball 

So far, Congress has sent 26 bills to Trump's desk. He's signed 19 of them, and seven are pending approval. 

Most of those involve getting rid of Obama-era rules and regulations. Congress dug up an old law, the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to overturn dozens of those rules. 

The rest are mostly noncontroversial, like a waiver allowing retired Gen. James Mattis to become Secretary of Defense, a bill to rename a federal building, and legislation authorizing programs to encourage women to enter the sciences. 

Point for Mitch McConnell 

The Senate did hit a home run with Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court. That confirmation was a major selling point for the GOP on the campaign trail, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wound up taking some pretty drastic measures to make it happen. 

When Democrats mounted a filibuster, McConnell "went nuclear," changing Senate rules to get Gorsuch confirmed. 

Paul Ryan strikes out on health care 

The House, however, has dropped the ball on a crucial aspect of the Republicans' agenda: repealing and replacing Obamacare. 

House leaders couldn't get their team to agree on their health care bill, and ultimately had to pull it from the floor to prevent it from being killed in a vote. 

House leaders are trying to revive the bill, but there doesn't seem to be consensus yet. 

It's only going to get tougher 

The health care failure jeopardizes the rest of the GOP's agenda. Republicans were planning to set the stage for tax reform with their health care bill, and from there move on to infrastructure and more. 

When lawmakers return from the Easter Recess later this month they will only have a few days to pass a budget, or the federal government will shutdown.

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