House and Senate GOP leaders and top White House aides held a two-day retreat last week on Maryland’s eastern shore to plot legislative strategy. Sources who attended the meeting ‘” all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity when discussing it ‘” said White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. urged Republicans to see their political fates entwined with Bush’s.
This Los Angeles Times’ piece asserts that some in the GOP Congressional leadership understand the need for successful action on the Hill. But then comes this paragraph:
At last week’s GOP retreat, sources said House leaders expressed doubt that they could pass the spending-cut bill if it contained the drilling amendment. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) reportedly said he would try to drum up more support from House Democrats for the provision.
A session that ends without a vote on ANWR or the scheduling of Senate Judiciary Committee haerings and floor votes for Brett Kavanaugh and other marooned nominees is an admission of disarray within GOP ranks in both House and Senate.