Paul Ryan’s tenure as House speaker will be judged in part on whether he can deliver a Republican tax plan. But rather than spearhead the effort to reach consensus, Ryan is still clinging to his own widely rejected proposal.
The resulting impasse could relegate the House to the sidelines as the Trump administration and Republican senators try to come up with an alternative plan. The worst-case scenario for Republicans is that they never find one.
Blame Ryan’s wonky streak. Unlike most of his predecessors -- who don’t usually hatch their own proposals but rather sift through the options to find the one that can pass -- Ryan has been unusually invested in the details of major legislation.
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