(National Sentinel) GOP Leaderless: A group of conservative organizations is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans to step down after their failure to pass any substantive legislation despite controlling both chambers of the Legislative Branch.
The groups include the Senate Conservatives Fund, Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks and For America, Western Journalism reported. In a news conference earlier this month, officials with the organizations noted that no major legislation has been passed that was promised by nearly every Republican lawmaker, including a repeal and replace of Obamacare, budget cuts and — thus far — tax reform.
“You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration,” states their letter to McConnell, according to Fox News. “You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, ‘root and branch.’ You have done nothing. You promised tax reform. You have done nothing.”
According to former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, giving Team McConnell a vote of no confidence was not a knee-jerk reaction, but rather years in the making.
“This wasn’t sudden. There have been problems with McConnell for a long time,” Cuccinelli told Western Journalism.
“You will recall in years past, he’s said, ‘Just get us the Senate and we’ll take on President Obama.’ Well, they didn’t take on President Obama. ‘Just get us the House — just get us the presidency.’ Well, now all those are in Republican hands,” Cuccinelli said. “Here we are closing in on the end of October and they literally haven’t passed a major legislative accomplishment.
“It is not beyond the realm of possibility that we could get to Jan. 20, 2019, without any of what I’d call ‘the big three’ items the president campaigned on: securing the border, including the wall; tax cuts; and the repeal of Obamacare — which they’ve been campaigning on for four elections,” he continued.
Polls show that for the most part, a majority of Americans want all three of those agenda items passed. Dealing with illegal immigration, in particular, was a major factor in President Donald J. Trump’s victory.
For his part, Cuccinelli said that McConnell isn’t interested in backing candidates for the Senate who will help pass the president’s conservative agenda issues.
“You can not name for me a time when he has fought as hard with a Democrat as he has fought with conservative Republicans on numerous occasions,” he said. “What he wants is control of his own caucus. He won’t support people like Joe Miller and Daryl Glenn, regardless of how spectacularly qualified they are because he isn’t about a Republican majority, he’s about a ‘McConnell majority.’”
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