Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls Senate Republicans’ decision to push Homeland Security funding that includes money for President Obama’s amnesty a “total surrender” that proves GOP leaders “really don’t have any backbone.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decided earlier in the week to stop pushing a Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, appropriations bill that strictly forbids funding for Obama administration executive action on immigration in 2012 and 2014. With Democrats blocking debate, McConnell agreed to bring a “clean” bill forward in exchange for Democrat promises to vote on a separate bill to defund Obama’s unilateral November action to legalize five million people in the country illegally. The latter bill has virtually no chance of passing.
“Oh, it’s an absolute surrender, and surrender is the primary word that we have been able to associate with the Republican leadership since Election Day,” Cuccinelli told WND. “Can you point me to one time they have fought? No, you can’t. What did they run on? Fighting. Well, if they had run on what they have been doing just in the last few months, there wouldn’t be Republican majorities in the House or Senate.”
He said there’s an astounding difference between the Republican rhetoric in the 2014 midterm elections and what America is seeing now.
“Senate leadership and House leadership by Republicans have failed to deliver what they promised. This is a very basic item. One of the two most important issues of the election, along with Obamacare, was the president’s illegal actions on amnesty,” said Cuccinelli, who served as attorney general in Virginia from 2010-2014 and was the GOP nominee for governor in 2013.
In 2014, Republicans campaigned vigorously on the theme that a Republican majority in both the House and Senate would give the party much more power to stop President Obama’s agenda. So why didn’t it make any difference in this debate?
“They really don’t have any backbone! If they had principles at any point in their political lives, they don’t have them anymore. They’ve constructed their own view in their head of what everybody thinks of them. What they care about most is people thinking they are nice fellows instead of principled fighters or anything really meaningful. They’re scared to death to be painted as mean,” said Cuccinelli, who argued that GOP mindset is a dream come true for President Obama.
“If you’re the president, that is awfully easy to deal with, and we’re watching the president deal very effectively because it is so easy for him,” he said. “This is very poor negotiation.”
In addition to believing Republicans constantly cede the high ground to Obama, Cuccinelli is appalled that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is not only gaining the upper hand on the minority leader but now issuing demands for the House of Representatives to fall in line as well.
After Obama announced his unilateral action in November, GOP leaders decided to postpone the fight over funding it until they controlled both the House and the Senate. In December, Congress funded the entire government through September 2015, with the exception of Homeland Security.
“There’s no reason for Republicans to have not defunded executive amnesty in December,” Cuccinelli said “They need to stand up and fight for what they campaigned on,” he said. “What the American people thought they campaigned on was ending executive amnesty and restoring the rule of law.”