A top conservative political action committee is airing ads this week attacking Republican leaders for failing to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration action by voting to finance the government in an omnibus spending bill.
Meanwhile, the head of Homeland Security slammed Congress for refusing to fund his agency through the next fiscal year, setting up a budget showdown in February for the agency that enforces immigration law.
Senate Conservative Action, the political-action arm of the Senate Conservatives Fund, released three radio spots in the home districts of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
accuse the three GOP leaders of failing to stop Obama’s "unlawful executive amnesty" of some 5 million illegal immigrants.
Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia and chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund, accused Boehner, McCarthy and Scalise of ignoring the will of the voters, who gave Republicans control of both the House and Senate in the next session of Congress in January.
"Americans asked Republican leaders to defund the president's unlawful amnesty and pledged to run ads against them if they didn't," Cuccinelli said. "Unfortunately, these leaders didn't listen so now the grassroots are taking action to hold them accountable. These ads tell their voters what they've done and urge them to keep their promises."
The ads are titled: "Betrayal," "Not Listening," and "Cave."
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The Republican leaders have argued that the $1.1 trillion spending bill, which also passed with support from Democrats, avoided a government shutdown and will set the stage for a fight over Obama’s immigration action in February when Congress considers funding Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year.
They believe that,with Republican majorities in both chambers, they will have more clout to force Obama to back down on his immigration action.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson
criticized Congress for failing to finance his agency, warning the action threatens plans to increase security on the U.S. border with Mexico.
"We need to pay the bill for that surge, and keep those resources in place for the future," he said Monday on a visit to Texas.
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