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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday detailed his “Commitment to America” agenda, including policies to fight inflation, illegal immigration and allowing only women to participate in women’s sports during a press conference in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.
McCarthy, R-Calif., has teased the agenda for months as a promise that could help him win back the House majority and a plan to govern in 2023. The agenda includes a set of general policy recommendations in four broad categories : “An Economy That Is Strong;” “A Nation That Is Safe”; “A Future Built on Freedom”; and “Responsible Government.”
The agenda follows the “Contract with America” blueprint that helped former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., win the GOP majority in the 1990s. Gingrich will attend a meeting Thursday with Republicans as they outline the agenda.
McCarthy sat down with GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik and GOP Whip Steve Scalise on “Fox and Friends” Friday morning in Washington County, Pennsylvania, for Breakfast with Americans to review the pledge and share his message to voters ahead of the midterm elections.
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The GOP leader said the plan is about addressing “challenges” facing ordinary Americans.
“We wanted to make a plan for a new direction. We want to be honest with the American public. We want the choices to have contrast. If they give us their vote of confidence, that’s exactly what we’ll do. feet to the fire. And on day one, we’ll take down 87,000 IRS agents. So they won’t chase you. We work for you. You don’t work for us,” McCarthy said.
“For the past two years, Democrats in Washington have led America astray,” the preamble to McCarthy’s document reads. “They created crisis after crisis: from crippling inflation and rampant crime to failing schools, border chaos and disrespect for our nation around the world.”
“Commitment to America represents a new direction and a better approach that will get our nation back on track,” he adds.
As for inflation, the agenda says Republicans will “restrain wasteful government spending that raises the prices of groceries, gas, cars and homes and increases our national debt.”
On security, it says the GOP will fund border security, fund the police, “crack” left-wing prosecutors and create a “Select Committee on China.”
The agenda also promises to “Advance the Parents’ Bill of Rights,” ensure that “only women can compete in women’s sports,” ban proxy voting in Congress, increase government oversight, and boost domestic energy.
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Republicans familiar with the plan say it’s the culmination of more than a year of work beginning with just the GOP “China Task Force.” McCarthy liked that model and raised several other task forces earlier this year, including on the economy, technology, health, energy and more.
Some policies Republicans recommend in the Commitment to America are more specific, Republicans familiar with the plan said. Among them is the Parental Rights Act. Others are more general, including holding progressive prosecutors accountable.
Republicans familiar with the plan also noted that the “Commitment to America” is the first GOP midterm platform released in multiple languages, Spanish and English.
Democrats on Friday already launched their attacks on McCarthy’s plan, calling it the “extreme MAGA program.”
“House Republicans are doubling down on MAGA’s extreme agenda: criminalizing women’s health care, cutting Medicare for seniors (including by repealing lower drug prices for seniors in the Inflation Reduction Act), and attacking our democracy,” according to a press release from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
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McCarthy will be in Pittsburgh on Friday with other members to formally introduce Pledge to America.
The agenda comes at a critical time in the midterms. Republicans have an advantage because of the shaky economy and President Biden’s low approval ratings. But Democrats claimed some new momentum after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court and growing legal problems for former President Donald Trump.
Fox News’ Aisha Hasni contributed to this report.