A view of the US Capitol building in Washington. Photo: AFP/Samuel Corum

The Hill reports Monday that congressional Republicans will likely enter the long August recess without having passed any major legislation since Trump took office. A push to vote on a 12-bill omnibus budget resolution has also failed, forcing the majority Republicans to settle for a scaled-back, security-focused minibus, which will require a short-term stopgap measure in September to keep the government running.

Another report from the Hill on Sunday said that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich along with a lobbying group representing small businesses aims to pressure Congress over the recess to pivot to a focus on tax cuts when they return from their August recess.

“I’m optimistic we might be able to get a pretty good consensus on tax cuts and get it passed and signed by Thanksgiving,” Gingrich told The Hill in an interview.

“If we don’t do something like that, we are in real trouble, and we have a real chance of having Nancy Pelosi as the next of Speaker of the House,” he said, referring to the potential of Democrats winning congressional majorities in 2018 mid-term elections.