House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will announce a four-part Republican congressional agenda later this month in a bid to shore up expected GOP gains in the lower chamber of Congress, according to a new report.
McCarthy (R-Calif.) will lay out the “Commitment to America” at a Sept. 19 speech in Pittsburgh, Axios reported late Tuesday. The name is a deliberate callback to Newt Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract with America,” which is credited with helping Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives in that year for the first time in more than four decades.
The House GOP platform centers around four themes accompanied by a series of policy prescriptions.
The first theme, “a nation that is safe,” vows to reinstate the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy for asylum-seekers, continue the Title 42 health policy of summary expulsions, complete construction of former President Donald Trump’s wall along the US-Mexico border, make violence against police officers a federal crime, and withhold funding from “woke district attorneys who refuse to prosecute crimes.”
The second theme, “a future that is free,” includes a promise to repeal Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from being held liable for the content their users post and how it is moderated, and “start over with rules that promote free speech.”
The third theme, “an economy that is strong,” includes promises to “eliminate wasteful government spending that’s driving inflation” and repeal President Biden’s “Build Back Better” program.
The fourth and final theme, “a government that is accountable,” includes a pledge to “[u]se all tools at our disposal to pursue the truth, root out corruption and abuse of power,
and provide transparency to the American people on the issues that matter most.”
Republicans have vowed to pursue several investigations of the Biden administration if they regain control of Congress in November, most notably promising to look into first son Hunter Biden’s overseas business deals and the president’s knowledge of them.
The forthcoming announcement by McCarthy is a stark contrast with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has repeatedly declined to indicate what legislative priorities his conference will pursue.
McCarthy’s website teases the announcement of the “Commitment of America,” linking to video of a recent interview the Republican leader gave Fox News.
“We’ll bring down the cost of energy. We’ll make ourselves energy independent by creating American jobs. And we’ll fund the police. Right? We’re gonna make our streets safe again,” McCarthy said.
”We’re going to give parents a bill of rights that you have a say in your kids’ education. We’re going to secure our border, stop fentanyl from coming across there. That is a national priority issue, but it has to be done,” he added.
Republicans need to win a net of five seats in the Nov. 8 elections to regain control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2018.