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Hannity Rips House GOP: ‘It’s About Time They Get Off Their A--’ and ‘Start Doing Some Work’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | April 19, 2017 | 3:00 PM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Sean Hannity (AP Photo)

Sean Hannity ripped house Republicans on his nationally syndicated radio talk show Tuesday for not getting things done in Washington, saying, “[I]t’s about time they get off their a-- … and start doing some work.”

“I just don’t relate to not working hard,” stated Sean Hannity. “I don’t relate to, ‘Give me the House; give me the Senate; give us the White House; and boy, we’ll get all these things done.’ And they haven’t gotten it done. I don’t relate to it; I don’t identify with it; and frankly, they’re hurting the president and the country by not doing their job. And it’s about time they get off their a--, get back from vacation, and start doing some work.”

Hannity’s comments come after congress went on a two-week recess for Passover and Resurrection Sunday. During this break, April 17, Pew Research Center released a survey with the headline, “Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP,” which Hannity cites.

Below is a transcript of Sean Hannity’s comments from his show:

“Deserving is a new poll by the Pew Research [Center], revealed that the Democrats are making some inroads on issues that Americans were favoring the Republican Party on.

“But the Republican Party— How is it possible, eight years later, they can’t get a repeal and replacement of Obamacare?

“You know, I noticed that when the president mentioned Scott Walker, the crowd applauded. When he mentioned Paul Ryan, I didn’t hear a peep out of them, just now when he’s in Wisconsin.

“And you know, I don’t think Americans are really in tune with the fact that these guys go away for two weeks on recess. Maybe I’m making too big a deal about it. I don’t get two-week recesses. You know, we’re going to do our radio and TV show, and fly to Israel in the interim because that’s the way we roll. That’s the way we do our job.

“And I don’t care what job I had in my life, I’ve always had a sense of urgency. I keep telling you. If I’m wishing dishes, and I don’t move my backside, the dishes are going to pile up. If I’m a cook, and I got a line of orders in front of me, they’re not going away until I get them out. When I’m bussing tables in a busy restaurant, same thing, or tending bar.

“Everything, in terms of the president’s economic agenda is predicated on getting the health care bill done because the health care offers a trillion dollar in savings for the economic plan that the president wants to unveil. And the Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that the Trump administration’s timetable for tax reform, that may fall through because of the health care delay – because these guys weren’t ready to lead.

“So now, the Freedom Caucus, they’re the ones that actually fixed the bill. And from what I understand, from what Dave Brat has said and Mark Meadows has said, that the things that they were fighting for which guaranteed lower premiums, more competition, more options for individuals, also preserving for the moderates that preexisting conditions – and by the way, no Republican is against that – or people that obviously need help or assistance with health care, are going to be taken care of. We’re still saving a trillion dollars. And that has to get done before we can do the economic issues.

“So, I mean, at some point congress has gotta do their job.

“I just went through, in the last hour, all that Trump has done: We got an originalist on the Court; he’s making phone calls, begging corporations to stay because he’s going to transform regulations, which he’s already doing; he’s going to lower the corporate tax rate; he’s going to allow repatriation of trillions at a very low rate, and that makes it far more favorable environment for people to invest in this country, in factories and manufacturing centers. That gets the 95 million Americans out of the labor force and the 50 million in poverty and on food stamps each, that gets them an opportunity to get back in the workforce, as does reducing illegal immigration, which he’s done by 67 percent just because he’s enforcing the laws, ending sanctuary cities. One city after another is going back on their fight against Trump because they know they’re going to lose.

“You know, he’s moving forward. Everything that he’s done, in terms of building the wall and everything else, every promise he’s making, he’s keeping.

“The only people that aren’t moving, have no sense of urgency, are Republicans in congress. What do these people do? It’s so frustrating.

“I don’t, I just don’t relate to not working hard. I don’t relate to, ‘Give me the House; give me the Senate; give us the White House; and boy, we’ll get all these things done.’ And they haven’t gotten it done. I don’t relate to it; I don’t identify with it; and frankly, they’re hurting the president and the country by not doing their job. And it’s about time they get off their a--, get back from vacation, and start doing some work.

“Why is Paul Ryan at NATO? Who cares what Paul Ryan thinks about NATO?

“Get back. Whip your votes. Get the language written, and get the bill passed.

“What’s so hard about this?”