Many Republicans are furious at Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, for demanding a vote related to the president’s unilateral action on immigration and allegedly aiding lame-duck Senate Democrats with their agenda, but Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls such criticism a “canard” and lauds the senators for standing up for the Constitution.
On Friday, the Senate was going through a series of motions to set up debate on the so-called “cromnibus” spending bill that funds most areas of government through September 2015 but forces a debate over money for Homeland Security in February. Sen. Lee unexpectedly objected, forcing senators back to Washington for weekend debate and a setting up a vote on the constitutionality of Obama’s immigration policy sponsored by Sen. Cruz.
In response, Reid not only called the Senate into a rare weekend session, but he also adjusted the rest of the schedule for the lame-duck session to focus on confirming controversial Obama nominees. Many Republicans are livid at Lee and Cruz for demanding a vote they say the GOP cannot win in a Democratic Senate and for giving Reid motivation to approve nominees who would not have been confirmed.
“That’s a canard, and the people making it know it,” Cuccinelli said. “The notion that one shouldn’t fight to protect the Constitution in the acts of Congress is pretty appalling, and God forbid we make them do it on a Saturday and stay late.
“What was even more disgusting is the 20 Republicans who didn’t vote with Ted Cruz to declare the president’s executive amnesty unconstitutional, even though in the last six weeks they’ve all said it is,” Cuccinelli said.
The following is a list of the 20 Republicans who joined the Democrats in voting to reject Cruz’s point of order and ignore the constitutional issues with Obama’s executive amnesty:
Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
Dan Coats, R-Ind.
Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
Susan Collins, R-Maine
Bob Corker, R-Tennessee
John Cornyn, R-Texas
Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
Dean Heller, R-Nev.
Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
John McCain, R-Ariz.
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
Roger Wicker, R-Miss.
“For those of us who care about the Constitution, that vote looms large,” he said. “For people who just cared about whether the bill passed or not, it was a speed bump on the way.”
Cuccinelli is also fighting back against the assertion that the vote on the Cruz point of order was meaningless because it couldn’t pass. He said if Republicans had put principle over expediency, the vote could have put Democrats in a very awkward political position.
“The Republicans didn’t band together to force the Democrats to actually vote on the underlying issue, and that is the funding of the president’s executive amnesty,” he said. “A lot of people said there’s no way Republicans could win that. I don’t believe that. If Democrats actually had to go on the board on that issue exclusively, a lot of Democrats would have been in very difficult political territory.”
More Obama nominees have been confirmed over the past few days, including Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was confirmed as surgeon general despite his activism on gun-control issues. However, Cuccinelli rejects the accusation that Cruz and Lee are responsible for Murthy and other questionable nominees getting through.
“(Majority Leader Harry) Reid had every intention of pushing the nominees that he moved forward because he had to fill the clock this week,” Cuccinelli said. “Literally right now, at this moment while you and I are talking, was the original plan for Reid. That wasn’t going anywhere, and that didn’t change. He just changed where on the schedule he did that.”
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