GOP Lawmakers on Keeping Campaign Promises: ‘To Date, We Haven’t’

By Penny Starr | April 23, 2015 | 11:19am EDT


Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) spoke at the Heritage Foundation's Conversations with Conservatives event on April 22, 2015 on Capitol Hill. ( Starr)

( – When asked about whether they have kept their campaign promises in the aftermath of an election that gave Republicans a majority in both the House and the Senate, GOP lawmakers said on Wednesday that they have not.

“Are we doing what we told them we were going to do last November?” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said in response to the question posed by “Like, did we stop the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty provision?

“Are we going to stop the corporate welfare?” Jordan said. “Are we going to have a work requirement for able-bodied adults in our social safety net systems?

“All those things we told the voters we were going to do -- that should be the measure,” Jordan said. “Are we accomplishing those things? To date, we haven’t, and frankly, that’s what we need to focus on.”


Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) spoke at the Heritage Foundation's Conversations with Conservatives event on April 22, 2015 on Capitol Hill. ( Starr)

Jordan and other Republican lawmakers made their remarks during the Heritage Foundation’s monthly Conversations with Conservatives event on Capitol Hill. asked the panel about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) claim at a press conference on Tuesday that Congress is no longer “dysfunctional” and whether that meant that lawmakers were accomplishing what they promised voters they would accomplish if elected.

“I will tell you that I hear in Kansas, and I think across the country, is folks wonder whether we’re keeping our word,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said. “I don’t know of a candidate on the Republican side that said they would support amnesty, said they wanted to stop the president, this body, and the Senate went ahead and allowed that to precede forward just hoping that a judge would stop that for us.”


Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) spoke at the Heritage Foundation's Conversations with Conservatives event on April 22, 2015 on Capitol Hill. ( Starr)

Huelskamp said on issues ranging from the budget deficit to repealing Obamacare, the Republicans have yet to deliver.


“I think the American people get it,” Huelskamp said. “They know the difference between trying and failing and not trying at all, and they’re tired about folks up here not trying at all.”

“So we’ve got a long ways to go, but I think it’s a great opportunity,” Huelskamp said. “But it’s also a tremendous challenge, because we’ve been given … a historic majority, and we’ve got to do something with it, or they’re going to stay home in the next election in my opinion.”

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said he disagrees with the idea that Congress has been dysfunctional, but he agreed with his colleagues that their efforts so far have fallen short.

“I think we were functional when we were trying to stop things that were bad that the Obama administration was doing, and I think we’re functional when we do good legislation, and I’m waiting for us to actually do good legislation that actually helps the American people,” Labrador said.

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