WASHINGTON – A coalition called the Citizens Mandate is calling out the Republican Party for not keeping its word in its first 132 days in power after taking control of both branches of Congress in January.
The group has rallied more than 100 conservative leaders to sign a letter urging Congress to stop the fundamental transformation of America.
“Rather than reversing the destructive and fundamental transformation of the United States undertaken by the Obama Administration, Republican Members of Congress have instead allowed these bad policies to move forward unabated,” said Citizens Mandate in a statement Monday.
The group also accused the Republican majority of “demonstrating more of a commitment to bipartisan friendship and status quo government rather than actual principled leadership needed at a time where an existential threat is emerging to self-government.”
Citizens Mandate wants Americans to pressure Congress by using social media with the hashtag #KeepYourPromise and liking its Facebook page.
In an open letter to lawmakers, the group said it had expected Republicans to:
- End executive branch overreach,
- Restore constitutional balance of power among the three branches of government,
- Bring an end to the perennially unpopular Affordable Care Act/Obamacare,
- Stop the president’s end-run of Congress with his executive amnesty initiatives,
- Hold the executive branch accountable for its myriad abuses of power and its national security failures, both foreign and domestic,
- Put the interests of the United States of America first among nations.
Instead, the group asked, “What has Republican leadership done with their power since January 6, 2015 for the last 132 days?” and provided its own answers:
- Funded executive amnesty: Instead of stopping executive overreach using its power as a co-equal branch of government, the Republican Congress actually funded Obama’s executive amnesty.
- Republicans first passed the cromnibus in December to avoid the fight to defund amnesty saying that severing out funding for the Department of Homeland Security in March would be the more effective way to combat Obama’s policies. Then Republicans seemed incapable of driving a unified, clear message to leverage eroding support of the president among Senate Democrats, when polls showed vast popular support for restraining the president. Now, Republicans are avoiding any effort to defund amnesty in the new DHS funding bill for this fiscal year.
- Continued Obamacare: Regarding stopping the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, key Senate Republicans actually stopped a vital investigation into fraud and are looking for ways to save Obamacare subsides for themselves.
- Jeopardized national security: Instead of safeguarding the homeland, Congress has done nothing to address the security risks from illegal immigration.
- Ceded away treaty power on a nuke deal with Iran: Most Senate Republicans signed a letter that expressed serious concerns with President Obama’s appeasing of Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism. But, when push came to shove, almost the entire Senate rolled over and blocked consideration and ultimately adopted a bill that actually reduces the role Congress can play in enforcing, or lifting, tough sanctions on Iran as the mullahs continue their pursuit of nuclear weapons.
- Continued excessive federal spending: Passed a so-called “balanced budget,” but then immediately blew through their new-found fiscal responsibility by passing a health-care bill that would add $500 billion to the deficit over the next 20 years.
- Undermined faith-based agenda: As a whole, the Republican-led Congress has refused to pass bills overturning the District of Columbia’s violation of federal legislation assuring religious liberty and restrictions on abortion.
- Helped Obama: Instead of holding the executive branch accountable for its abuse of power, the Senate confirmed an attorney general who thinks there is a constitutional basis for Obama’s executive amnesty.
- Continued federal education. Instead of acknowledging and welcoming mounting, bipartisan grassroots opposition to egregious federal control over education – notably involving a growing civil disobedience movement to opt-out of federal testing, the House and Senate seem bent on reauthorizing, with bipartisan support, a major education statute that preserves the fundamentals of No Child Left Behind/Race to the Top/Common Core. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to expand the federal government’s reach into pre-K education.
- Punished conservative champions. Republicans started the new Congress with the removal of conservatives from key committees, then sat back while leadership-affiliated groups ran ads against conservatives. The Senate, and Leader Mitch McConnell in particular, campaigned on the promise of an open amendment process. But when conservative amendments do not fit into the perceived necessity of “governing” or avoiding appearing extreme, the Republican leadership routinely works with Democrats to box out conservatives.
- Neglected congressional oversight. Despite a vast array of needed oversight of federal actions and spending, no Republican John Dingell or Henry Waxman who could capably challenge such conduct, has yet surfaced! Benghazi, IRS, EPA, the refugee resettlement program, the penetration of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood, taxpayer-funded ideologues eroding American exceptionalism and more await scrutiny. Best oversight efforts to date have, surprisingly, been done by an effective outside group, Judicial Watch, who has no subpoena or constitutional power.
The conservative leaders who signed the letter include:
- Tom DeLay, former House majority leader
- Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy
- Dan Bongino, talk-radio host and Republican nominee for U.S. Congress
- Andrew C. McCarthy, former chief assistant U.S. attorney
- J. Christian Adams of the Election Law Center
- Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal & Education, or CURE
- Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of WND.com, WND Books, WND Films
- Edwin Meese III, former attorney general of the United States for President Ronald Reagan
- Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com
- Gary L. Bauer, president of American Values
- Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of Eagle Forum
- Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council