McCarthy, House Republicans emphasize economics, education in ‘Commitment to America’ agenda

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Friday introduced the GOP’s “Commitment to America” ​​package, the Republicans’ shared sales pitch ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

McCarthy came out swinging in his speech, accusing Democratic lawmakers of ignoring rising crime, rejecting restrictions on parental rights and promising to withdraw the recent expansion to the Internal Revenue Service.

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The agenda contains a set of general policy recommendations in four broad categories: “An economy that is strong”; “A nation that is safe;” “A future built on freedom;” and “A government that is responsible.”

“We want an economy that’s strong. That means you can fill your tank. You can do the shopping. You have enough money left to go to Disneyland and save for a future – that the salaries grow, they don’t shrink anymore ,” McCarthy told the crowd, explaining what Republicans say they will do if they get the House majority.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Speaks On Republicans' "Commitment to America" agenda at DMI Companies in Monongahela, Pa., Friday, September 23, 2022.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks on the Republicans’ “Commitment to America” ​​agenda at DMI Companies in Monongahela, Pa., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
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He continued: “We have a plan for a nation that is safe. That means your community will be protected, your law enforcement will be respected. Your criminals will be prosecuted. We believe in a future built on freedom – that your children come first.”

The GOP leaders say the agenda was shaped with input from Republicans across the country with the explicit goal of avoiding “top-down” partisan politics.

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FILE - A voter is seen at a polling station in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 19, 2016.

FILE – A voter is seen at a polling station in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 19, 2016.
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The agenda follows the “Contract With America” ​​script that helped former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., achieve a GOP majority in the 1990s.

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Republicans say this is the culmination of more than a year of work, starting with the “China Task Force” created by the GOP alone. McCarthy loved that model and set up several other task forces earlier this year, including those on economics, technology, health, energy, and more.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
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McCarthy’s speech focused heavily on the rising crime rate and the rapid decline in convictions among local and state Democrat governments.

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“We’ve seen what they’ve done to our communities, relieving the police. We now have crime problems from Portland to Philadelphia, with prosecutors and prosecutors looking the other way,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy also gave the microphone to the audience for a question-and-answer session.

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The agenda comes at a critical time in the meantime. Republicans had an advantage because of the shaky economy and President Biden’s low approval ratings. But Democrats have gained new momentum after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court and former President Donald Trump faced legal trouble.

McCarthy unveiled the Commitment to America package in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The state is at the center of both parties’ attention as the outcome of the upcoming election could serve as a clock tower for shifting political loyalties.

Tyler Olson of Fox News contributed to this report.

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