Conservative Orgs to Senate GOP Leadership: 'Step Aside'

Sen. Mitch McConnell / Getty Images
Sen. Mitch McConnell / Getty Images
October 11, 2017

A number of conservative organizations on Wednesday told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and other Senate Republican leaders to "step aside."

Leaders of groups including Tea Party Patriots, Senate Conservatives Fund, Freedom Works, and For America told McConnell and other Republicans to hit the road, arguing the Senate under McConnell's leadership has not come through on tax reform, repealing Obamacare, and reducing spending, the Washington Times reports.

The organizations signed a joint letter, and Jenny Beth Martin, head of Tea Party Patriots, spoke out against Republican leadership during a press conference on Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

"The government is still spending far more than it takes in, and we have no reason to believe Republicans are willing to fight to reduce the size of government," Martin said.

"For nine months, our supporters have been urging Republicans in Congress to do one simple thing: Keep your promises," Martin said. "Those pleas have fallen on deaf ears."

"You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration," the letter read. "You’ve 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’ve done nothing. You promised tax reform. You’ve done nothing."