Trump’s decision to dump his chief strategist and a host of other top advisers is creating a fresh opportunity for House Republicans.
With the GOP poised to win control of the Senate, a number of key priorities for the Trump administration are up for grabs.
The party is poised to make major changes to health care, tax reform, and the tax code, but its leaders have no clear path forward to enacting those changes.
That’s where Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., comes in.
Ryan has been one of the most prominent voices calling on Trump to move forward on major policy issues while maintaining some degree of unity with Democrats.
Ryan, a former Republican congressman from Wisconsin who ran for president in 2016, has made repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act a central plank of his agenda.
He has been critical of the president’s agenda, and he has been a leading advocate for Trump to remain in the White House.
In his first 100 days, Ryan has put forward a plan that would give $1 trillion in tax cuts to Americans who make between $50,000 and $150,000 annually.
Ryan’s proposal also includes a $50 billion tax credit for employers that provide paid sick leave, a $2,500 cap on the amount that can be used to buy insurance and a cap on deductions for charitable giving.
The plan also includes $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending, which includes $350 billion in spending on roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways.
Republicans are looking for a way to move quickly on the agenda without the need for a massive government shutdown.
A Trump administration official said Ryan has not been making any decisions on the specific plans.
Ryan is the most powerful member of the GOP in Congress, and with the president already leaving the White Senate, he could wield enormous influence.
“We’re in a situation where the president is leaving, the president has some big decisions to make on tax reform and on health care and so he’s going to be making some big announcements,” the House Ways and Means Committee chairman said.
“I’m not sure that I would be making those announcements just yet, but we’re in the middle of it.”
Ryan’s position is not that of Trump, who has spoken out against Ryan and the party he once led, as he prepares to leave the White house in January.
But Trump has expressed a desire to keep Ryan in his administration, and Republicans are bracing for a fight.
“The speaker’s been pretty outspoken in his opposition to the president,” said Rep. Chris Collins, R of New York, who represents one of Ryan’s districts.
“So I think that is a major concern.”
Collins said the speaker has already been making calls to House members, encouraging them to oppose the president.
“When you look at the way the president talks, you’re looking at a very strong leader who has the full support of the House leadership,” he said.
Trump, meanwhile, is already making calls for Ryan to be fired, arguing that Ryan should be held accountable for the failure of his Obamacare repeal plan and other actions he has taken.
“You know, you can’t be fired for not repealing and you can be fired because you have failed, but you can also be fired when you’re in charge,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview published on Friday.
“That’s not going to happen.”