Divisions within the GOP have been highlighted once again following the party’s failed efforts to pass an array of important legislation in the U.S. Congress.
A Republican lawmaker from Iowa, Rep. David Young, recently spoke out about the divisions that continue to linger. During an interview with CNN, Rep. Young said the year-long battle between Republican hardliners and moderates has hindered the party’s ability to move important bills forward.
The differences are evident within the GOP conference in Congress, and Young referred to it as “the conference against the conference.” According to Young, these divisions have contributed to a delay in passing legislation important to the American people, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Young believes that infighting is the main cause of legislative paralysis in Congress. He said, “unless somebody sits down and seriously finds what we can agree on in terms of solutions to people’s problems, then nothing is going to get done.”
Young believes improving communication within the Republican Party is essential in helping to address issues ranging from healthcare to tax reform. Without further collaboration, the party will find it difficult to move forward.
Divisions within the Republican Party remain palpable, but the recent comments from David Young have shed further light on the situation. As long as these conflicts remain unresolved, important legislation is likely to be laid aside.