McCarthy lays out the GOP agenda as he looks to the House majority, the speaker’s hammer

WASHINGTON — Weeks before the midterm elections, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday laid out a sweeping legislative agenda aimed at uniting his often divided convention and outlining what House Republicans would do if voters returned them to power.

The product of more than a year of work, and “Commitment to America” The platform focuses on four main pillars — the economy, security, public safety, freedom and government accountability — areas that Republicans say President Joe Biden and his party have failed to address since taking control of Washington two years ago.

“What we’re going to bring up today is a commitment to America in Washington — not Washington, D.C., Washington County, Pennsylvania. You want to know why? It’s about you,” McCarthy said to a crowd at a sheet metalworks factory in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh. It’s not about us.”

“We want to put it to you, in the whole country, [so you] You know exactly what we would do, if you trusted us and gave us the power to take a new direction for this country. But commitment is a plan – a plan for a new direction.”

McCarthy said the same bill that House Republicans will try to pass next year seeks to eliminate $80 billion in new IRS funding that was included in Biden’s inflation-reducing act. He also said Republicans would aim to pass a “Parental Rights Charter” that would give parents a greater say in the curricula taught in schools.

McCarthy said Republicans set out on a listening tour with their constituents this summer, noting the issues he said came the most: inflation, rising gas and groceries prices; immigrants and fentanyl coming across the southern border; high crime rates; and young students who have fallen behind on pandemic-related school closures.

The Democrats “control the House, the Senate, and the White House. They control committees, they control agencies… but they don’t have a plan to fix all the problems they’ve created,” McCarthy added.

The unveiling of McCarthy’s plan highlights a strategic break with his Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of the Kentucky Republic, who decided not to publish a legislative agenda before the election. Instead, McConnell is betting that continued attacks on Biden, whose approval rating is underwater, is all that is needed to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats.

However, McCarthy believes Republicans should state what they want to restore the House of Representatives, which they last controlled in 2018.

The commitment to America is reminiscent of Newt Gingrich’s Agenda for the Decade with America, which in 1994 helped propel House Republicans to power for the first time in 40 years. Gingrich was elected president after those half-terms, a path McCarthy hopes to follow.

After speaking to Republicans at the Capitol on Thursday, Gingrich praised McCarthy’s plan as “much deeper and more complex” than his own agenda 28 years ago. McCarthy offers over 100 policy suggestions, website and a Spanish language section that will help members and candidates get the Republican Party’s message across to voters, the former spokesperson said.

“The loneliness there was amazing,” Gingrich said after emerging from the closed-door meeting. “I mean, I was amazed at the members who usually find a reason not to get up together saying, ‘We’re on the same team.'”

There was a united front surrounding McCarthy, too.

The two Republican men who last served as speaker – John Boehner and Paul Ryan – were ousted from power after public clashes with the far-right Freedom Bloc. But Representative Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia, a prominent ally of Donald Trump and one of the most prominent figures in the Freedom Bloc, sat on stage Friday directly behind McCarthy. A few seats away was a moderate GOP member, Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio.

“If you look around, we have members here from New York all the way to the border with Tony Gonzalez. Rep. Jay Richenthaler, Republican of Pennsylvania, who introduced McCarthy and who represents the area where the launch took place, said Rep.

“But we are all united behind Kevin McCarthy. He’s the one who unites the party. He’s the one who came up with this plan. He’s the one who’s going to give us back the majority.”

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