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Here are four roadblocks making the presidency harder than Trump expected


Here are four roadblocks making the presidency harder than Trump expected

WATCH | Congress has a deal on a budget to avoid a government shutdown, but it barely resembles President Trump's original funding blueprint. With a a Republican controlled Congress, Trump should be moving fast on his ambitious agenda, but he's facing resistance for multiple groups. 

1. Conservatives 

Hard-line conservatives in both chambers have held up Trump's agenda. In the House, the Freedom Caucus derailed the GOP's bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

They felt the bill didn't go far enough to repeal Obamacare mandates and they balked when the Congressional Budget Office report on the bill showed it wouldn't lower premiums. 

Conservatives in the Senate like Rand Paul echoed those concerns. 

Fiscal conservatives in both chambers are already showing early signs of resistance to Trump's tax reform plan. 

"Anything that completely spikes the ball with regard to deficits going forward I think will be problematic within the Congress," Rep. Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina) told The Hill. 

2. Moderates 

While the White House and GOP leaders try to make deals with hard-liners, more and more moderate Republicans are walking back from the healthcare bill. 

In the House, the members of the moderate Tuesday Group are distancing themselves from the revamped healthcare bill after the controversial MacArthur Amendment was added.

Moderates worry that people with pre-existing conditions would lose their health insurance in some states and the Medicaid funding will be slashed. 

Moderates aren't too keen on Trump's tax plan either. They see it as a tax break for the wealthy and for big businesses.

Over in the Senate, moderate Republicans Lisa Murkowsi of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have already voted against legislation to allow states to defund planned parenthood and confirmation for Besty DeVos to become Secretary of Education. 

3. Senate Democrats 

Liberals in the Senate have stood together as a block against Trump's agenda. Unlike in the House, Senators can filibuster certain votes, it's what forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to "go nuclear" to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed. 

Senate Democrats have threatened to shutdown the government over so-called "poison pill riders" in the Republican budget. By calling their bluff, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) was able to get Republicans to compromise on the budget. 

4. Trump 

Trump isn't doing himself any favors on Capitol Hill. He promised from day one that he would run Washington like a business, but the government isn't the Trump Organization. Lawmakers don't work for him, they work for the voters and they aren't going to do what Trump asks all the time. 

Trump has low approval ratings right now and Republican lawmakers have had to back away from some of Trump's more unpopular demands -- like asking taxpayers to fund an expensive border wall. 

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