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Growing Divide, Lack of Trust Between House, Senate Republicans

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives at the Capitol for a weekly Republican policy meeting, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, amid the diminishing, last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation's health care system.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 08:27 AM

House Republicans are growing more skeptical about and becoming more vocal speaking out against their peers in the Senate in the aftermath of the upper chamber's inability to pass healthcare, The Hill reports.

House Republicans increasingly don't trust the Senate GOP to get anything done, exposing a divided front with much left to do this calendar year. Namely, tax reform.

"We do need to see them step up and actually deliver for a change. We have over 200 bills sitting stalled over there," Rep. Tom Cole said, The Hill reported. "They haven’t been able to deliver on (healthcare) reform and they all ran on it, and now we have a do-or-die moment on tax reform."

There's an attitude among House Republicans that could be considered cynical as to why the Senate is where bills go to die; Senate Republicans don't have many key seats to defend in 2018. Meanwhile, House Republicans have 23 districts won by Hillary Clinton to defend in the midterms, The Hill reports.

"They put our majority in jeopardy with their failure on healthcare, more than they did their own," Cole was quoted by The Hill.

Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday went to great lengths to break down the process of how Republicans came together on the unveiled tax reform plan, repeating that the House passed a healthcare bill while the Senate could not.

"We're really frustrated we've passed 373 bills here in the House - 270 some are still in the Senate," Ryan told CNBC. "So in the house we're rocking and rolling, getting our work done."

Earlier this week, conservative Rep. Dave Brat called the Senate's inability to pass healthcare "embarrassing."

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