During his speech to introduce Bernie Sanders in Miami, Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez bashed U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Miami Republican for his position on health care reform and for doling out PAC money to Republicans who have opposed immigration reform.
Curbelo “voted for Trump’s half-baked health care plan out of committee and what did he say? ‘No one will lose coverage,’” Perez said at the James L. Knight Center Wednesday. “That’s bullshit my friends.”
Curbelo voted for the bill in committee but expressed “serious concerns” after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the policy would force 14 million Americans to drop or lose their insurance coverage. When the bill collapsed in March Curbelo refused to say how he would have voted on the bill
Curbelo, who represents a left-leaning district, is one of the most targeted Republican members of Congress in the nation.
Perez also called out Curbelo for how he doles out money from his leadership PAC. Perez said that Curbelo promised that his PAC to boost other Republicans would only go to those who supported Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) -- a program to help undocumented immigrants who arrived as children avoid deportation.
“Guess what it happened?” Perez said. “That turned out to be a lie."
In 2016, Curbelo opened a political action committee to raise money for those Republicans who might need some financial support for taking a moderate immigration tack. Curbelo said at the time that potential beneficiaries could be Republicans who, like him, "voted against punishing people who were brought to this country as children and who are de facto Americans."
He was referring to a House vote to end President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which granted legal status to immigrants who had been brought into the country illegally as children.
Curbelo told the Herald in 2016 that the 47 Republicans who received money from WACPAC indicated to him in off-the-record conversations that they are committed to immigration reform.
This blog has been updated to reflect Curbelo's statements about when he opened a PAC.