House Republicans have launched a new website that slams the media for focusing on “chaos” instead of what they see as a productive first 200 days.
The website, “Did You Know,” claims that media coverage doesn’t focus on the issues important to Americans. It also calls out the press for not writing more about the legislative achievements of the House GOP.
“House Republicans aren’t distracted by the newest countdown clock on cable news or partisan sniping in Washington, D.C.,” the website reads. “You don’t care about those things. You care about finding a good job, taking care of your family, and achieving the American Dream, and so do we.”
It comes as President Trump hits his 200th day in office. Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP debates deep cut to corporate tax rate 5 things members of Congress are doing over August recess Paul Ryan: Intel leaks ‘the problem of the leaker, not the journalist’ MORE (R-Wis.) had set the 200th day as a bigger marker for Republicans than Trump’s first 100 days.
Republicans hold majorities in Congress and the White House for the first time since the 2006 elections, when they lost their House majority.
The website features a quiz where readers can answer questions comparing major events in the news, like former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress and the shooting at a congressional baseball practice to legislation the House passed.
“Did you also know that the same week, the House passed bipartisan legislation to combat human trafficking?” one question asks, placing the bill in contrast to reports emerging that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats introduce another ‘false hope’ act to immigrants Caitlyn Jenner apologizes for wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hat Conway, ABC host tangle over Trump’s involvement in son’s statement MORE Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the Trump campaign with the promise of compromising information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClintons attend private screening of ‘Wonder Woman’ Rosenstein: Trump did not direct feds to investigate Clinton GOP senator: I wish Republicans had stood up to birtherism MORE.
Republicans have so far been unable to win many big legislative achievements despite their control of the government.
The House did pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan, a big victory for Ryan.
But the bill was dead on arrival in the Senate, which also hit a stalemate on its own healthcare legislation.
Trump’s biggest accomplishment so far is the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Trump has also been able to cut back on Obama-era regulations with the help of the House.
Other big agenda items for House Republicans or Trump, including tax reform and an infrastructure plan, have yet to be picked up. Work on tax reform was delayed in part by the long fight over ObamaCare.
Republicans did pass a spending measure earlier this year that kept the government open, but they now must do so again to prevent a shutdown after September.
Another Trump priority backed by Ryan, building a wall on the Mexican border, has been stuck. Some Republicans oppose the wall, but $1.6 billion targeted for its construction has been included in a spending bill for the next fiscal year.
The House GOP website rips the media’s coverage of Trump, arguing its focus on investigations into Russia have unfairly overshadowed legislative work.
“House Republicans are focused on what matters to you,” the ad states.