Borrowing a 28-year-old page from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s playbook, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday unveiled House Republicans’ “Commitment to America,” a list of policy goals if the GOP regains control of Congress in November's midterms.
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- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday unveiled House Republicans’ “Commitment to America,” a list of policy goals if the GOP regains control of Congress in November's midterms
- The agenda is reminiscent of Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America,” which helped Republicans win the House majority and catapulted Gingrich to speaker
- While the “Commitment to America” was posted online Thursday, McCarthy and other Republicans will hold an event Friday in Pittsburgh to officially roll it out
- The promises in it include policies that target inflation, border security, crime, education and more
The agenda is reminiscent of Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America,” which helped Republicans win the House majority for the first time in 40 years and catapulted Gingrich to speaker.
While the “Commitment to America” was posted online Thursday, McCarthy and other Republicans will hold an event Friday in Pittsburgh to officially roll it out.
Like Gingrich, McCarthy would likely become speaker if Republicans wrest control of the House from Democrats. The promises in the California Republican’s document include policies that target inflation, border security, crime, education and more.
In a video posted online Thursday, McCarthy attacked higher consumer prices, violent crime, illegal immigration and more as problems created by President Joe Biden and the Democratic majority in Congress.
“This is their record and yet they want you to give them two more years of power,” McCarthy said. “But Republicans have a plan for a new direction, one that will get our country back on track.
“We simply cannot afford two more years of business as usual in Washington,” he added. “We need common sense change now.”
McCarthy’s pitch is divided into four main sections:
- Strengthening the economy by curbing “wasteful” government spending, increasing workers’ take-home pay, creating good-paying jobs, making America energy independent and bolstering supply chains.
- Making the nation safer by securing the border, increasing police staffing, permanently criminalizing fentanyl and investing more in the military.
- Striving for a “future that’s built on freedom” by creating a Parents’ Bill of Rights that aims to recover students’ lost learning from pandemic-related school closures and expand parental choice of curriculums, as well as lowering health care costs by personalizing care and increasing competition, and confronting tech companies on privacy, security, child safety and content moderation decisions Republicans view as biased.
- Holding government accountable by protecting constitutional freedoms, including religion and guns; protecting the lives of unborn children; conducting rigorous oversight to “rein in government abuse of power and corruption” and increasing accountability in elections through voter IDs, accurate voter rolls and observer access.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office already begun attacking the Republican plan Wednesday, when it was apparently posted prematurely and then taken down.
“House Republicans are doubling down on an extreme MAGA agenda: to criminalize women’s health care, to slash seniors’ Medicare (including with the repeal of the lower drug prices for seniors in the Inflation Reduction Act), and to attack our democracy,” Pelosi’s office said in a blog post.
The party that controls the White House typically loses seats in the midterms elections during that president’s first term. But polling has showed Democrats making a charge in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that protected abortions.
According to simulations by the data website FiveThirtyEight, Democrats are now favored to retain control of the Senate while Republicans are slightly favored to win the House.