|Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R - Florida)|
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(Bizpacreview) - Rep. Carlos Curbelo had his membership request to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus denied in a move he said was “pre-cooked.”
The all-Democratic caucus has been embroiled in a dispute with the Republican Florida lawmaker, questioning his political motivations, as they voted to deny his membership bid Thursday, according to Politico.
“I think it was pre-cooked,” Curbelo said in an interview. “I will stand up to bigotry and discrimination no matter whether it comes from the right, the left, the middle.”
Democrats accusing Curbelo of political maneuvering, meanwhile, have their eyes set on the congressman’s Latino-heavy district in Miami for 2018. Curbelo’s stand on Republican legislation was apparently a factor in the decision by the caucus Democrats.
Curbelo would not back the DREAM Act, their bill to grant legal status to the young undocumented immigrants who may face deportation next year, and opted not to cosponsor the bill though he said he would vote for it if it made it to the House floor.
“I will not allow their bigotry and discrimination and penchant for segregation to hurt the young people they claim they want to help and I certainly want to help,” Curbelo said.
But Curbelo has not earned the ire of the caucus Democrats for his stand on the DREAM Act alone, but also for supporting Republicans’ attempts to repeal Obamacare and the GOP tax bill.
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