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McCarthy rolls out GOP agenda as he eyes House majority, speaker’s gavel

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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, the Commit to America platform focuses on four key 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 first 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-control 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 also pledged to create a House Select Committee to investigate China.

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.

For example, to tackle rising gas and energy prices and reduce dependence on foreign countries, Republicans say they want to boost domestic oil and natural gas production and halve the permitting process time.

To respond to the rising crime, Republicans will support the hiring of an additional 200,000 police officers with enlistment bonuses. It will also end remote or “proxy” voting, which has been put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a health measure during the pandemic but is still in use.

Biden responded to McCarthy later Friday at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington, D.C., saying the minority leader’s plan contains “little or no detail” and argued that some of its priorities — including public safety — are not in line with the Republican Party. . Procedures.

“The MAGA Republicans did not stand with law enforcement. They sided with the rebels — and they still do,” Biden said. “Don’t tell me you support law enforcement if you can’t condemn what happened on January 6th.”

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Biden said McCarthy’s plan also failed to address important voter issues such as access to abortion, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He accused Republicans of “fiscal recklessness” and said the party had “blew up the deficit” under Trump.

“I think we’re really at an inflection point. It happens every three, four, five generations,” Biden said. “That’s critical. You now have 46 days to choose and the path offered by Democrats contrasts with the path offered by Republicans from MAGA.”

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.

election observers They favored the Republicans to retake the House of Representatives on November 8; They need to pick up a five-seat grid just to take over.

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. The former spokesperson said McCarthy offers more than 100 policy proposals, a website and a Spanish section that will help members and candidates get the GOP’s message across to voters.

“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, a prominent member of the House of Representatives, an ally of Donald Trump and one of the most prominent figures in the Freedom Caucus, sat on the podium 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.”

Democrats have admitted they face an uphill run in the House of Representatives, but believe they have a boost in momentum after the Supreme Court voted to repeal abortion rights and a string of legislative victories.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, the House Democrats’ campaign chair for 2022, mocked the GOP-influenced GOP plan, saying, “McCarthy is heating up the leftovers.”

“It’s hard to stick to America when you have to stick with a group of your members,” Maloney said.

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