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DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

Luján is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap , according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Many of the 29 targeted Republicans represent districts atop the DCCC's list of pick up opportunities in 2016. Democrats must net 30 seats to win control of the House.  

In the calls, Democrats pin the blame on the impasse over the DHS funding measure — to which House Republicans attached a rider to defund President Barack Obama's immigration executive order — on the "Republican-led Congress."

"This is XXXX calling from the DCCC. An alarming new report says that known terrorists are trying to sneak across the border, yet the Republican-led Congress is refusing to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security. With so many threats at home and abroad, the Republicans in Congress should not be playing games with our national security. Call Congress[MAN/WOMAN] at XXX-XXX-XXXX and tell [HIM/HER] enough is enough. Stop playing politics and fully fund the Department of Homeland Security.”
The targeted Republicans are:

  • Rep. Martha E. McSally in Arizona's 2nd District
  • Rep. Jeff Denham in California's 10th District
  • Rep. David Valadao in California's 21st District
  • Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado's 3rd District
  • Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado's 6th District
  • Rep. David Jolly in Florida's 13th District
  • Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida's 26th District
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida's 27th District
  • Rep. Rod Blum in Iowa's 1st District
  • Rep. David Young in Iowa's 3rd District
  • Rep. Robert Dold in Illinois' 10th District
  • Rep. Mike Bost in Illinois' 12th District
  • Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois' 13th District
  • Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine's 2nd District
  • Rep. Dan Benishek in Michigan's 1st District
  • Rep. Tim Walberg in Michigan's 7th District
  • Rep. Cresent Hardy in Nevada's 4th District
  • Rep. Scott Garrett in New Jersey's 5th District
  • Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo in New Jersey's 2nd District
  • Rep. Tom MacArthur in New Jersey's 3rd District
  • Rep. Lee Zeldin in New York's 1st District
  • Rep. John Katko in New York's 24th District
  • Rep. Ryan Costello in Pennsylvania's 6th District
  • Rep. Patrick Meehan in Pennsylvania's 7th District
  • Rep. Greg Walden in Oregon's 2nd District
  • Rep. Will Hurd in Texas' 23rd District
  • Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia's 10th District
  • Rep. J. Randy Forbes in Virginia's 4th District
  • Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington's 8th District

Democrats aren't the only ones attacking Republicans for holding up DHS funding. American Action Network, a GOP-aligned outside group, announced it is spending $400,000 on TV and radio ads against some of the most conservative members: Reps Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma and Jim Jordan of Ohio. AAN will also put up digital display ads in nine districts held by tea party Republicans.  

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