PITTSBURGH, Pa. — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, the likely speaker of the House if the GOP regains the majority as most expect in the November midterm elections, previewed the GOP’s upcoming “Commitment to America” exclusively to Sageznews News here in Western Pennsylvania on Thursday evening before leaving on Friday morning.
“We’re going to throw it tomorrow Friday in Washington — Washington County, not Washington, DC, where the real Americans are,” McCarthy said. “What it is is a plan to get America back on track. It’s a commitment to America where for the last year and a half all the Republican members have been in various task forces going out and working on solutions to the problems.”
About 30 House Republicans will gather outside Pittsburgh at a sheet metal factory to unveil the long-awaited agenda that represents one of the biggest efforts Republicans have undertaken before an election, perhaps since former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s contract with America in 1994.
“We really break it down to four pillars: An economy that’s strong, a nation that’s secure, a future built on freedom and an accountable government,” McCarthy told Sageznews News. “Under each pillar, we lay out what we are going to do. In an economy that is strong, we will stop this runaway spending and curb that inflation. We will do [the country] independent of energy and lower gas prices. We will turn the supply chain from China to America. Under a nation that is secure, the first thing we’re going to do is secure our border and end this catch-release and stop this fentanyl that’s emerging. We’re going to be able to have 200,000 more police officers and the next thing we’re going to be able to do is these prosecutors and DAs who have not enforced the law, we’re going to shine a light on that and put out a transparency chart so that everyone knows where we are. Of course, we will protect our national security.”
Under these other two pillars, McCarthy explained the agenda even further.
“Then we will look at a future built on freedom,” McCarthy said. “We will pass a Bill of Rights of Parents. Parents should have a say in their children’s education. We will provide the opportunity to have parental choice. We’re going to get tax credits so kids have scholarships so a million kids can go to new and different schools. You have health care there – and Big Tech, and hold them accountable and ensure justice. It’s all the things we talked about from the beginning and all the different things we’re going to follow from ESG to Section 230. Then, we’re going to talk about a government that’s responsible. The first thing we will do is protect our Second Amendment rights to free speech. Then we come in and what we’ve already worked on are these agencies that we have more than 500 conservation papers. Why don’t we know where the origin of COVID started? Why don’t we know what happened in Afghanistan when the president listened to the military? What about an Attorney General who went after parents and called them terrorists simply because they went to school board meetings? Here we will ask all the responsible agencies. The last is to make sure that Congress works. On the first day, we will remove proxy voting, and then for the electoral law, we have a full draft electoral law for voter ID and cleaning the lists.”
The members expected to participate in the rollout of the Commitment to America agenda are a fairly broad balance of the House GOP caucus. Of course, McCarthy and his two top lieutenants, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik will be here, but so will a broad spectrum of GOP caucuses from across the party.
The full list of members includes Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Kat Cammack (R-FL), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Carlos Jimenez (R-FL), Tony Gonzales ( R-TX), Garret Graves (R-LA), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Jim Jordan (R-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), John Katko (R-NY), Mike Kelly (R – PA), Julia Letlow (R-LA), Lisa McClain (R-MI), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Dan Meuser (R-PA), Carol Miller (R-WV ) , Marianette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Burgess Owens (R-UT), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Bryan Steil (R-WI ) , Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH).
After the launch, McCarthy said, Republicans aim to take the message directly to voters and use Pledge to America as a key campaign tool.
“I just came back from 26 states in the last 43 days,” McCarthy told Sageznews News. “We will continue to travel. We are here in Pittsburgh, Washington County, because we fundamentally believe that we must go out and speak to the American people; listens to them, then directs. We are seeing an opportunity here that we have not seen in the past. What we do is we put out the Commitment to America and then each week we have different themes for elements of it. We want people to participate. We’re going to have some days where we’re going to have national engagement days where we encourage people to go and talk about crime. Let’s talk about the border. Let’s talk about how to make a stronger economy. Let’s talk about how we restore that supply chain and what that means in this economy.”
More from McCarthy’s exclusive interview with Sageznews News at the launch of Commitment to America to come.