Kevin McCarthy rolls out Republican Midterm message
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Democrats say the plan is short on details.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday directly confronted President Joe Biden and the party in power, choosing battleground Pennsylvania to unveil a midterm election agenda with sweeping Trump-like promises despite the House GOP’s sometimes spotty record of delivering and governing in Congress.

McCarthy, who is poised to seize the speaker’s gavel if Republicans win control of the House in the fall, hopes to replicate the strategy that Speaker Newt Gingrich used to spark voter enthusiasm and sweep House control in a 1994 landslide.

The House GOP’s “Commitment to America” gives a nod to that earlier era but updates it in the age of Donald Trump, with economic, border security and social policies to rouse the former president’s deep well of supporters in often-forgotten regions like this rusty landscape and rolling farm land outside Pittsburgh.

“What we’re going to roll out today is a ‘Commitment to America’ in Washington — not Washington, D.C., but Washington County, Pennsylvania,” McCarthy said at a manufacturing facility. “Because it’s about you, it’s not about us.”

On Friday, the House Republican leader stood with a cross-section of other lawmakers to roll out the GOP agenda, offering a portrait of party unity despite the uneasy coalition that makes up the House minority — and the Republican Party itself. The GOP has shifted from its focus on small government, low taxes and individual freedoms to a more populist, nationalist and, at times, far-right party, essentially still led by Trump, who remains popular despite the deepening state and federal investigations against him.

The “Commitment to America” reflects the strength of McCarthy’s abilities but also his weaknesses. He spent more than a year pulling together the House GOP’s often warring factions — from the far-right MAGA to what’s left of the more centrist ranks — to produce a mostly agreed-upon agenda.

But the one-page “commitment” preamble is succinct, essentially a pocket card, though it is expected to be filled in with the kind of detail that is needed to make laws.

“Long on slogans and short on details,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told union workers in Pittsburgh on Friday, according to excerpts of his speech. “That’s because the true details of Republicans’ agenda are too frightening for most American voters.”

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Material published with permission of the Associated Press

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20 comments

  • Tom

    September 23, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Wonderful outline, enunciates agenda to deliver for average American.

    Will propel between 15 to 40 seat net win!
    Making a difference for the peeps!

    Compared to Biden Harris misery.
    Aren’t you all better off than you were 2 years ago. No doubt!

    Reply

    • Charlie Crist

      September 23, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      👆Neo nazi propaganda..

      Reply

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  • Don’t Look Up

    September 23, 2022 at 11:34 am

    LOL

    Newt Gingrich are you listening?!?!

    Reply

    • Tom

      September 23, 2022 at 12:50 pm

      Don’t look, I actually participated in strategy meetings with Newt in mid to late 80’s.

      To be clear, he literally was the only one who professed a new Repub. majority. We would all say good luck.

      Newt’s ability to compose strategy is and was second to none. It was only because of Newt that he brought the new House majority in 94.

      My success is certainly from that learned experience.

      Reply

      • Charlie Crist

        September 24, 2022 at 11:10 am

        👆Read this! This guy is the reason the nation is so fked. He’s fking crazy!

        Reply

  • Tom

    September 23, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Facts are funny things, the Soros Manchurian nation can’t handle.

    The Gingrich revolution is historical, 40 year reign of the Democrat House majority tumbled!
    I repeat 40 consecutive years. Talk bout max gerrymander. First Repub. House to be re-elected in 1996.

    Regardless, the question remains? Per President Reagan. Are you, is anyone better off, compared to 2 years ago! We all Know, Not!

    Reply

    • Charlie Crist

      September 23, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      You wouldn’t know a fact if it jumped up in your azz and burst into flames…and Q-Anon is more believable than you. You need a smack.

      Reply

      • Tom

        September 23, 2022 at 7:03 pm

        The answer is America is not.
        Biden Harris destroyed it.
        You are just a scum bag.
        Everyone laughs at you.
        Chi com bot.

        Reply

        • Charlie Crist

          September 24, 2022 at 11:11 am

          👆 Q-Anon nut job…

          Reply

  • marylou

    September 23, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    McCarthy accidentally posted all 3 pages of his extreme MAGA agenda on Wednesday, then quickly password-protected it.

    Highlights:
    * “Life Begins at Conception” bill that would use the 14th Amendment to criminalize all abortion after the moment of fertilization, with absolutely no exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the woman. Criminalize abortion in all 50 states, and support of arresting or suing women for traveling across state lines to obtain an abortion.

    * 195 House Republicans voted against the fundamental right to contraception.

    * Gut Medicare & Social Security, (including repealing the lower drug prices for seniors passed by Democrats in the IRA).

    * Slashing and privatizing Social Security, raising the retirement age to 70 and ending Medicare as we know it as part of the Republican Study Committee FY2023 budget.

    * Attack elections: give state legislatures absolute power to change election rules at their whim.

    Reply

    • Tom

      September 23, 2022 at 1:51 pm

      Mary who, the unlimited abortionist, even at birth and after.

      McCarthy did not post accidentally, it was purposefully done.

      You lie or greatly exaggerate each one.

      State rights prevail on abortion.
      Unlike Schumer, Pelosi and Dumings, who support abortion on demand, even at birth and after.

      You are to ignorant to comprehend that the prescription bill, actually limits pharma s research to heal and help society. Research takes 10, 15 of 20 yrs. the Dems bill will wind up hurting sick and ill.

      Slashing SS or Medicare has to come from Presidential signature on law.
      STOP the 40 year old scare tactics, throw granny from cliff. Even this incompetent won’t sign.

      You are despicable being, still not as much as Soros Manchurian tic toc bot Joey corsin. Shameful lies.

      Reply

      • marylou

        September 23, 2022 at 3:41 pm

        All 3 pages were posted accidentally Wednesday and password protected immediately afterward, but too late to prevent the press from reporting with screen shots.

        States’ rights do not prevail any longer if Republicans are elected. Republicans–as predicted–are insisting it should not be left to the states! See Lindsey Graham’s statements on the federal ban that he introduced (and Marco signed-on to), last week.

        Republicans will ban contraceptives.

        There is no abortion on demand after birth. Fetuses that are removed that far into pregnancy are when the fetus has died, or the mother is about to.

        Somehow drug companies are able to do R&D with low, low drug prices around the world! They will be okay! US needs to stop letting companies rip-off Americans.

        For decades, Republicans have been scaremongering about how Social Security and Medicare are going to run out of money, and they have used this lie to chip away at the programs. Slashing and privatizing Social Security, raising the retirement age to 70 and ending Medicare as we know it as part of the Republican Study Committee FY2023 budget.

        I mean this in a nice way: You need to turn off Fox and watch regular news once in a while. Your ignorance on some topics is dangerous to the rest of us.

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        • Tom

          September 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm

          That’s all you do is recite Dem talking points.

          The Dems, Schumer and Pelosi have bills to legalize abortion till birth. Schumer forced a vote on his. Manchin voted no.

          You are a fanatic, extremist.
          You are ill if you believe any other
          Country has better science, pharma research and or medicine schools.
          This bill will lessen it.

          For the last 50 years there has been discussion on raising retirement on SS.

          I think you need to get off the Dem talking points. You are lost in your dogma.

          Reply

          • marylou

            September 23, 2022 at 4:30 pm

            Abortion at birth is an anti-abortionist LIE created to smear all abortions.
            No, I said other countries have lower prices on the exact same drugs. Pharmaceutical companies are ripping-off Americans. Many Americans can’t afford to have their prescriptions filled. 500,000 Americans go into bankruptcy for medical debt every year. This doesn’t happen to anyone in other rich countries.

      • Jay Smif

        September 26, 2022 at 12:20 pm

        More pathetic, weak, and desperate conservative lies from old QAnon Tommy here, who’s got pudgy fascist Ron DeSantis’ clown jammed so far down his throat that he can’t even move anymore.

        It’s sad, tommy. You and that trailer of yours don’t have much time left together, hurricane is coming, and no one is going to give you any “socialist” federal dollars to buy a new one with.

        Reply

  • It's Complicated

    September 23, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    There is nothing wrong with emulating the policies of the “Contract with America.” It was the GOP Controlled Congress and Gingrich’s 1994 Contract with America that stabilized the economy and put us on the (short-lived) path towards a balanced budget during the Clinton Administration. But the cesspool of Washington DC poisons politicians – Republicans are not immune, and that came apart pretty quickly as they started believing their own press and enjoying the trappings of power. We need servant leaders in Congress, who will stick to the principles they were elected upon.

    Reply

  • Hope

    September 24, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Build Back Better turned out to be tear down destroy and make worse topped with extremism dysfunction incompetence and dereliction of duties. The red tsunami is on track and McCarthy has a plan unlike the Democrats only plan is to misuse their positions and federal agencies to cause destruction. Democrats will not show up or will vote Republican; all one has to do is open their 401k, make a trip to the grocery store, go to the gas station, and see that the economy is in turmoil and inflation is going up. Biden has turned the border into chaos and a death trap that didn’t have to be. Then there is the abysmal Biden National Security issues that have started World War 3. Why would anyone with a half a scintilla of sense vote for the Democrats? Good job Kevin McCarthy to show what leadership really is all about.

    Reply

  • Impeach Biden

    September 24, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    It is truly going to be a glorious day when the “wicked witch from the west”, Nancy Pelosi gives up the gavel here at the midterms. Buh bye Pelosi, you evil woman you.

    Reply

  • marcus

    September 27, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    and the dem message is…..ultra maga republicans yada..yada..yada.

    Reply

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