Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that while many Americans are hoping the Republican-led Congress will tackle big ticket items like tax reform and health care this year, legislators in Washington seem incapable of acting on their own.
“Here we have united government, or at least same party controlling everything, with a lot of momentum… And the great irony is that Congress has become so dependent on following the lead of a president, in general, [it is] allowing its powers to be usurped,” Krauthammer said.
“One presidency after another, this is not the product of one party. But it’s simply, now that it’s in control, [Congress] can’t get its act together,” he added.
Instead, Krauthammer said lawmakers will continue to look to the White House for guidance.
“Unless you get strong presidential leadership, the president, say, next week in his quasi-State of the Union address saying this is what I want on tax reform and leading on it, that would be the decisive event,” he said, adding, “In the absence of that, it’s showing how, sort of, weak Congress has become, and how it’s become habituated to looking to the White House for leadership. It’s not getting it, it’s not going anywhere.”