Why the House Republican Pledge to America Matters – The North State Journal

FILE – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during an America First Policy Institute Agenda Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, July 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The House Republican Pledge to America is a major, thoughtful, and serious contribution to restoring an America that works.

I participated in the last two major efforts to promise policy change to the American people with then-candidate Ronald Reagan on September 15, 1980 and with House Republicans on September 27, 1994. The Commitment to America is even broader and builds on our earlier efforts.

More than a year ago, Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy created seven task forces to work toward a Republican majority in the House. Specifically, the groups were tasked with developing positive actions the Republican-led House could take to address and resolve America’s problems. These seven task forces have spent the last year examining in detail an astonishing range of possible solutions – and have proposed more than 150 reforms.

As the events of 1980 and 1994 unfolded at the United States Capitol, Chief McCarthy made an interesting and intuitive location decision for the Commitment to America announcement. He thinks Washington DC is a mess – and a symbol of hostility, frustration and incompetence. So he announced the Commitment to America plan Friday in Monongahela, Penn., south of Pittsburgh.

House Republicans plan to increasingly unveil the pledge at events across the country. Indeed, it will be a grassroots-to-capital engagement rather than a Washington-centric approach.

The House Republican commitment to America rests on four broad pillars that guide and inform every policy proposal:

  • A future built on freedom
  • responsible government

These create a platform on which the Pledge’s many positive goals can be stacked: fighting inflation and reducing the cost of living; securing the southern border and fixing our broken immigration system; ensuring that every child in America can succeed; reclaim control of Congress and hold the Biden administration accountable.

The House Republican plan is fighting inflation, lowering the cost of living and getting our economy back on track. The package includes:

  • Eliminate unnecessary government spending that fuels inflation; driving the national debt; and raise the prices of groceries, gas, cars and housing
  • Pursue proven pro-growth tax policies that increase take-home pay, lower the cost of living, stimulate local businesses, and encourage innovation and growth
  • Reconnect workers to jobs and end incentives that allow people to earn more by staying home rather than going to work

The Commitment takes additional steps to cut costs, create jobs, and strengthen our national security by making American energy independent so we don’t have to depend on foreign adversaries for fuel. This will reduce gasoline, diesel and heating oil prices and create well-paying American jobs. It will also allow us to sell US-made energy to our allies, so that Russia does not continue to fund its aggression with money from Europe.

The commitment of House Republicans will save lives and money in health and health care. There are proposals to ensure that Americans can get personalized, affordable and accessible care from trusted doctors and live longer, healthier lives. Republicans propose lowering health care and drug prices through transparency, choice and competition, while investing in lifesaving new remedies.

More than 2 million illegal migrants have crossed our southern border this year. House Republicans have identified five steps to resolving the border crisis:

  • Complete the wall and deploy the tech to the border
  • Fully restore the “Stay in Mexico” policy
  • Maintain and robustly implement the authority of Title 42
  • Require negative COVID-19 tests before releasing migrants
  • Send a clear message: do not come illegally to the United States

With so many schools engaged in what can only be described as a radical indoctrination effort, the pledge asserts that there should be a parent’s bill of rights. Parents have the right to know what is taught in schools and to see the reading material. They have the right to have their concerns heard. They have the right to see the schools’ budgets and expenditures. They have the right to protect the privacy of their children. Finally, they have the right to be informed of any violent activity at school.

As city after city sets records for murders, rapes, carjackings and other crimes, the Pledge proposes to support an additional 200,000 local police officers through recruiting bonuses and other incentives. House Republicans oppose all efforts to defund the police and propose to crack down on prosecutors and district attorneys who refuse to prosecute crimes by withholding federal funding from those who don’t do their jobs. Illegal fentanyl would also be made illegal in all its forms.

House Republicans have pledged to fix the supply chain and end dependence on China. They will move supply chains away from China, expand manufacturing in the United States, and improve America’s economic competitiveness and cyber resilience.

This is an important break from the hostile, negative, and hate-filled speech that President Joe Biden delivered in Philadelphia.

The American people will soon have a choice. Their choices will be the failures of Big Government Socialism or a Commitment to America to restore the systems, principles, and values ​​that will make us safer, more prosperous, and more secure.

I believe that Americans will choose engagement over failures.


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