ACRU’s Carleson Joins Conservative Leaders in Joint Letter over Congress’s Failure to Enact Voters’ Mandate

ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 20, 2015) — The Republican-led Congress has reneged on its promise to stop President Obama’s radical agenda and executive power overreaches, and it needs to do its job, according to an Interim Assessment of a Citizens Mandate signed by more than 100 conservative leaders, including American Civil Rights Union President and CEO Susan A. Carleson.

In an open letter to Congress, the leaders noted that American citizens expected Republicans new to Congress 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, and
  • Put the interests of the United States of America first among nations.

Instead, the letter notes, Congressional leadership has:

  • Funded executive amnesty for illegal immigrants;
  • Funded the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare);
  • Jeopardized national security;
  • Ceded the Senate’s treaty power in the nuclear deal with Iran;
  • Continued excessive federal spending, especially with last year’s “Cromnibus”;
  • Punished conservative lawmakers who wanted them to live up to their promises; and
  • Neglected to rein in executive overreach at many federal agencies such as the IRS and the EPA, and failed to hold the administration accountable for the Benghazi scandal.

“I’m proud to join former Attorney General Edwin Meese and other conservative leaders in reminding Congress about their unkept election promises,” Carleson said. “Real reform begins with accountability.”