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House GOP Unveils Legislative Agenda Ahead of Midterm Elections: NPR

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appears alongside House Republican leaders at a June news conference at the US Capitol.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appears alongside House Republican leaders at a June news conference at the US Capitol.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy unveiled the legislative roadmap Republicans will follow if they win a majority in this year’s midterm elections.

the”Commitment to America” includes four broad pillars that focus on the economy, security, individual freedom, and government responsibility. Big on ideas (“expand manufacturing in the US”) but short on specific policies, the agenda is aligned with the tradition established in 1994 with Rep. Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America,” where the minority party publishes its agenda priorities before Election Day.

Gingrich met privately with House Republicans on Capitol Hill today as lawmakers were briefed on the agenda ahead of its introduction.

House Republicans will then travel to suburban Pittsburgh on Friday for an event to promote the agenda when the 2022 campaign draws to a close in about seven weeks. While the GOP’s electoral strength in early 2022 has hardened in the polls in recent months, the party is still favored to win at least a narrow majority in November, and McCarthy is poised to become president if the party has success.

The agenda is the product of months of deliberations by rank-and-file Republicans.

Much of the agenda is based on traditional conservative orthodoxy (support for tax cuts and reductions in government spending), but it also weighs in on some diverse cultural issues. For example, Republicans are pledging to support legislation to ensure “only women can compete in women’s sports,” which would seek to ban trans women from playing on women’s sports teams. Republicans are also broadly committed to promoting federal legislation to restrict access to abortion with a promise to “protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers.” The agenda also notes opposition to any legislation to restrict gun rights, claiming to “safeguard” the Second Amendment.

The legislative ambitions of House Republicans would be weakened by a divided government; Regardless of what happens to control of the Senate, President Biden is unlikely to support much or any of a partisan GOP agenda. But most would provide Republicans with oversight and investigative authority over the administration and plan to use it.

Republicans will “conduct rigorous oversight” and “hold the White House to account for its incompetence at home and abroad,” with plans to hold hearings on: the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the withdrawal from Afghanistan by part of the United States, the Justice Department investigation into former President Donald Trump and the alleged illegal possession of classified documents on his Florida property.

Pelosi insists that the Democrats will maintain the majority

Henry Connelly, spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ridiculed engagement with the United States as “doubling down on an extreme MAGA agenda.” Pelosi has been optimistic that Democrats will defy historical trends and hang on to their majority. In particular, Democrats believe the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal right of access to abortion will tilt competitive races in their favor. A pair of Democratic victories in House special elections in New York and Alaska have given the party cause for optimism that a “red wave” is not on the horizon.

“We fully intend to keep the house,” he told reporters last week, “and while there are some among you who believe my political instincts and the rest, I got us here twice for most, and I don’t intend to of [give it up].”

Republican leaders have also made it clear that they plan to run the House differently than Democrats have, in particular by promising to end the practice of remote proxy voting that was passed as an emergency measure in response to the pandemic.

“We have a lot of votes, big votes, where over 100 members of Congress didn’t even vote here in person, that will change with a Republican majority in the House,” GOP Minority Leader Steve Scalise, R-Los Angeles, told reporters. . week. Scalise intends to run for majority leader, a position that oversees the room’s schedule and operations, if Republicans win control.


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