The House Republican Commitment to America is a major, well thought out, and serious contribution to restoring an America that works.
I participated in the last two major efforts to pledge policy changes to the American people (with then-candidate Ronald Reagan on Sept. 15, 1980, and with the House Republicans on Sept. 27, 1994). The Commitment to America is even broader and builds upon our earlier efforts.
While the 1980 and 1994 events were staged at the U.S. Capitol, Leader McCarthy made an interesting, intuitive venue decision for the Commitment to America announcement. He believes Washington, D.C. is a mess—and a symbol of hostility, frustration, and incompetence. So, he announced the Commitment to America plan on Friday, Sept. 23, in Monongahela, Penn., south of Pittsburgh.
And he’s not stopping there. House Republicans plan to unveil more and more of the Commitment in events around the country. In effect, it will be a grassroots Commitment moving toward the capital city rather than a Washington-centric approach.
- An economy that’s strong
- A nation that’s safe
- A future that’s built on freedom
- A government that’s accountable
Further, these general principles are then outlined in more detail and assigned specific policy proposals the deeper you get into the Commitment.
- Eliminating wasteful government spending that’s driving inflation; driving national debt; and raising the prices of groceries, gas, cars, and housing
- Continuing proven pro-growth tax policies that increase take-home pay, reduce the cost of living, boost local businesses, and encourage innovation and growth
- Reconnecting workers to jobs and ending incentives that enable people to earn more by staying home rather than going to work
The House Republicans’ Commitment will save lives and save money in health and health care. There are proposals to ensure Americans can get personalized, affordable, accessible care from trusted doctors and live longer, healthier lives. Republicans propose to lower health care and drug prices through transparency, choice, and competition, while at the same time investing in new lifesaving cures.
- Finish the wall and deploy technology to the border
- Fully reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy
- Maintain and robustly implement Title 42 Authority
- Require negative COVID-19 tests before releasing migrants
- Send a clear message: Don’t come to the U.S. illegally
With city after city setting records for murders, rapes, carjackings, and other crimes, the Commitment proposes to support 200,000 more local police officers through recruiting bonuses and other incentives. House Republicans oppose all efforts to defund the police, and they 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. Illicit fentanyl would also be made illegal in all its forms.
House Republicans are committed to fixing the supply chain and ending dependence on China. They will move supply chains away from China, expand U.S. manufacturing, and enhance America’s economic competitiveness and cyber-resiliency.
With McCarthy’s leadership and the support of his leadership team (Whip Steve Scalise, Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, NRCC Chair Tom Emmer, and Policy Chair Gary Palmer) the House Republicans are on the edge of a majority and a big commitment. But this is bigger than McCarthy and the leadership. Nearly every Republican House member has had a hand in developing the Commitment to America.
This is an important break from the hostile, negative, hate-filled speech President Joe Biden delivered in Philadelphia.
The American people will get to choose soon. 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 secure.
I believe Americans will choose the Commitment over the failures.