If Republicans running in the midterms can effectively get it out there that this is the platform the GOP will govern on it might sway a few voters. If anything, it should serve as a blueprint for candidates to campaign on. The goals stated are cutting taxes and federal spending, repealing ObamaCare, ban on abortion funding, new bills must cite Constitutional authority, freeze on hiring government workers and a “read the bill” provision…
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.
GOP leaders are set to go public with the plan Thursday at a hardware store in suburban Virginia, choosing a location outside the nation‘s capital that’s in keeping with the plan’s grassroots emphasis.
Officials have described the agenda as the culmination of an Internet- and social networking-powered project they launched earlier this year to give voters the chance to say what Congress should do. The “America Speaking Out” project collected 160,000 ideas and received 1 million votes and comments on the proposals, they said.
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