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McCarthy pledges to ‘hold Washington accountable’ in ‘Commitment to America’ rollout

House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks at DMI Companies in Monongahela, Pa., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. McCarthy joined with other House Republicans to unveil their “Commitment to America” agenda. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger) Barry Reeger/AP

McCarthy pledges to ‘hold Washington accountable’ in ‘Commitment to America’ rollout

Juliegrace Brufke September 23, 11:55 AMSeptember 23, 12:24 PM

MONONGAHELA, Pennsylvania — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), joined by a group of high-profile Republican lawmakers, unveiled the House GOP’s “Commitment to America” agenda at an HVAC factory near Pittsburgh on Friday as Republicans look to offer a contrast to Democrats’ policies ahead of the midterm elections.

Walking out to Toby Keith’s Made in America with roughly 30 members from different factions of his conference, the California Republican argued that the country needs to change course to bring down inflation, secure the border, reduce crime, and “hold Washington accountable.”

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“To our members back here, and what we’re going to roll out is a ‘Commitment to America’ in Washington — not Washington, D.C., but Washington County, Pennsylvania. You want to know why? This is about you, it is not about us,” he told the crowd.

“We have spent the last year and a half, all of our members in Congress, going throughout the country and listening, listening to challenges, fighting what the Democrats have been doing, and we want to roll it out to you, to the entire country, for you to know exactly what we would do,” he said. “If you trust us, give us the ability. We will take a new direction for this country. The commitment is a plan, a plan for a new direction.”

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McCarthy went on to vow that the first thing Republicans will do if they take back the majority is “repeal 87,000 IRS” agents, promising they will work to unwind Democrats’ sweeping health, climate, and tax bill passed earlier this year along party lines, which included language to provide $80 billion in funding to the agency.

McCarthy was followed up by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who took aim at the Biden administration’s policies, alleging they have exasperated supply chain problems and led to the high cost of oil and utilities.

“It is great to walk around and see Pittsburgh steelworkers making real things in America — that is what we want more of. Obviously, the threats we have seen to the American dream, to the ability for people to be able to think their kids can have a better opportunity than me, that is at risk. It is at risk because of far-left policies that lead to record spending,” he said.

“You see every bill that comes out of Congress — not hundreds of billions, but trillions of dollars of borrowed money, new taxes, 87,000 IRS agents. And in all of my years in Congress, I have not had a phone call from anyone saying, ‘Please add more people to the IRS.’ If there are 87,000 people needed in America, it’s at the border to secure America’s border,” he added.

“If you are concerned about high energy costs, not just at the pump, but gas prices are too high — but this winter, I heard it will be cold in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We have a plan to lower energy costs and get us back not only to energy independence. We should not be buying gas from Saudi Arabia or Russia. We can make it here in America like steel in Pittsburgh,” he continued.

A slew of ranking members on committees as well as House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-PA) went on to cover an array of things the GOP would like to tackle differently, ranging from education policies to threats from China, before taking questions from members in the audience.

One audience member who owns a car dealership inquired about how House Republicans will handle additional regulatory oversight, rising interest rates, and the drop in consumer confidence. Another, a mother, expressed concern over how COVID-19 restrictions were handled in schools. A retired police officer questioned “catch and release” policies at the border.

The four-plank platform unveiled by House Republicans on Friday lays out a broad framework of concerns they would like to address but does not include specifics on legislation. House GOP leadership is encouraging members to place a strong focus on the proposal as they head back to their districts to campaign in October.

As Republicans touted their agenda, a similar plan to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America,” which some credit with helping the GOP flip the House in 1994, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) offered counterprogramming at an event less than 20 miles away from the GOP rollout.

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Hoyer alleged the Republican proposal “isn’t new at all, is long on slogans and short on details,” and he argued Democrats have fought for the working class with their policies.

Republicans need to pick up at least four seats to secure a House majority in November, with political forecasters projecting they will win control of the lower chamber.

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