House Republicans rolled out their “Commitment to America” on Friday in western Pennsylvania, promising the plan offers the way to get the United States back on track.
The proposal is reminiscent of the GOP’s “Contract with America,” which helped lead to a Republican landslide in the 1994 midterm elections during Democratic President Bill Clinton’s first term.
At an event in Washington County, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “Our job is to work for you, not go after you. Our job is to make America stronger.”
“We can secure our border. We can become energy independent, where your price of gas is lower. We can build an education system that has a Parents’ Bill of Rights, that you have a say in your kids’ education. And we can be a check and balance, rein this government that’s going after the individuals,” he added.
A Republican majority’s very first bill would repeal the part of the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act passed this summer that provides for 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service agents, McCarthy pledged.
“On our first bill, we’re going to repeal 87,000 IRS agents.”
Kevin McCarthy [@GOPLeader] outlines the House GOP’s “Commitment to America” plan in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 23, 2022
The Commitment to America addresses four main areas: the economy, public safety, freedom and government accountability.
To tackle the top issue on voters’ minds — inflation — the GOP would cut government spending, reduce regulations and increase domestic energy production.
Inflation is at a 40-year high with President Joe Biden and the Democrats at the helm.
By way of comparison, during the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency with Republicans in charge, the federal government spent $8 trillion. In Trump’s final two years, with Democrats in control of the House and the COVID-19 outbreak, the federal government spent $11.1 trillion.
Concerning energy policy, Biden took a series of steps after assuming office to curtail domestic oil production under the auspices of addressing climate change, including greatly restricting exploration on federal lands.
The result is that the U.S. is producing 1 million barrels a day less under the current administration than it did at its peak under Trump.
The American people cannot afford another two years of Democrat control.
It’s time to get our country back on track. That is the Republican 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚. pic.twitter.com/kpMpMU8CrF
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 22, 2022
To improve public safety, Republicans would pass legislation to secure the southern border and end catch-and-release for illegal migrants. Further, the Commitment to America calls for funding 200,000 more police officers nationwide and cracking down on prosecutors and district attorneys who do not prosecute crimes.
To promote freedom, the GOP wants to pass a Parents’ Bill of Rights, expand school choice and rein in Big Tech.
Finally, to create a more accountable government, Republicans would conduct rigorous congressional oversight of the Biden administration and improve election security through voter ID, accurate voter rolls and observer access.
Hardworking Americans do not need to be reminded of the numerous crises facing our country, because they are experiencing them every day. Americans are tired of Washington elitists ignoring them while going to the mainstream media and insisting that everything is okay… pic.twitter.com/r7DXFTeAQ2
— Rep. Barry Loudermilk (@RepLoudermilk) September 23, 2022
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who spearheaded the Contract with America in 1994, praised the GOP’s new Commitment to America on Friday.
McCarthy’s “laying out a platform for governing, not just a platform for campaigning. And that’s what we did,” Gingrich told Fox News.
“I think the American people want to change the trajectory. They want to stop the murders. They want to stop the rising prices. They want to get back to independence in energy,” he argued.
“That’s why I think this will be a much bigger Republican tsunami [in the midterms] than people currently expect.”
(1/2) ‘REPUBLICAN TSUNAMI’: The author of 1994’s “Contract with America” – @newtgingrich – believes the @HouseGOP’s “Commitment To America” will be as historic & as important, noting @GOPleader is “laying out a platform for governing, not just a platform for campaigning…” pic.twitter.com/fqdM49TcJG
— America’s Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) September 23, 2022
The Cook Political Report shows the GOP with 212 seats in the “solid” to “lean Republican” categories and the Democrats with 192, while 31 seats remain toss-ups.
The Fox News “power rankings” currently have Republicans retaking the House 231 to 204, as the Senate remains a toss-up.
That House majority would be almost identical to the GOP majority following the 1994 election, when the party won 230 seats.