Wednesday, September 22, 2010

House Republicans Roll Out ‘Pledge to America.’ Tax Cuts, Health Care Law Repeal Top List...

House Republican leaders are vowing to cut taxes and federal spending, repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and ban federal funding of abortion as part of a campaign manifesto designed to propel them to victory in midterm elections Nov. 2.

The “Pledge to America,” circulated to GOP lawmakers Wednesday, emphasizes job creation and spending control, as well as changing the way Congress does business, according to Republicans who have been briefed.

It pairs some familiar Republican ideas — such as deep spending cuts, medical liability reform and stricter border enforcement — with an anti-government call to action that draws on tea party themes and echoes voters‘ disgruntlement with the economy and Obama’s leadership.

The plan is emerging less than six weeks before elections in which Republicans are favored to add substantially to their ranks, perhaps enough to seize control of the House.

“Regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent,” reads a preamble to the agenda. “An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.”

It goes on to call for every bill to cite its specific constitutional authority, a vote on any government regulation that costs more than $100 million annually and a freeze on hiring federal workers except security personnel. It also has a “read the bill” provision mandating that legislation be publicly available for three days before a vote. READ MORE...


  1. Back the tea party candidates with MONEY. Then I'll believe you.

  2. The pledge seems fairly comprehensive and very thought out. The Republicans seem to be listening to the people of the US and responding to their concerns. That obviously cannot be said about this administration currently. I believe this will serve as a major boost going into the midterms. Hopefully the Republicans can take back the House and Senate and enact upon these ideas. However, I expect these ideas to be pursued and for these elected officials to continue to listen to the people. It will be intersting to see how the Libs will spin this in the media.

  3. Talk is cheap. Let's see what they actually DO once elected. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on ME.

  4. They have been fooling us for years. This is just another contract with America that they broke last time.

  5. They want your vote, not the tea party curriculum.

    There better be an end toward which their effort is directed----

    Yephora----I second your commentary-----

  6. Paul Ryan and Jim Demint are the only 2 in my opinion who are strong enough to buck this corrupt political system.