Text of New Republican "Pledge to America" Released
Pledges on taxes, spending, Obamacare, terrorism, abortion...and more!
7:07 PM, Sep 22, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Jay Cost argues in this week's issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the "real worth" of the Republicans' 1994 Contract with America "was in governing, not electioneering." The same could be said of the House Republicans new governing agenda, a copy of which is now making the rounds.
The entire "Pledge to America," which will be formally unveiled tomorrow, weighs in at almost 8,000 words with its foreword, supporting facts, and agenda items (read the full document here). But if you really just want to get down to what the GOP is actually promising to do, see the specific agenda items below, which are lumped into five categories: (1) create jobs and promote economic growth, (2) cut spending and balance the budget, (3) repeal and replace Obamacare, (4) promote national and border security, (5) enact procedural legislative reforms to promote good governance.
There had been some discussion as to whether or not social issues would be included in the document. And indeed they are. There's a broad pledge at the beginning to "honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values." And the specific agenda item on abortion is a pledge to "establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion" and establish conscience protections for medical workers.
The highlights from the national security section include passing missile defense and Iran sanctions, as well as trying foreign terrorists in military courts and denying them Miranda rights.
Without further ado, here is the GOP agenda.
The plan to "create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America more competitive" is billed as the "first and most urgent domestic priority of our government":
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