McCarthy ‘Commitment to America’ includes fighting inflation, border security, protecting women’s sports

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Friday outlined his “Commitment to America” ​​agenda, including policies to fight inflation, illegal immigration and allowing only women to participate in women’s sports during a news event in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.

McCarthy, R-Calif., has been teasing the agenda for months as a promise to help them take back Parliament’s majority and a plan for governance in 2023. The agenda includes a list of general policy recommendations in four broad categories: “An economy that is strong.” “A nation that is secure;” “A future that is built on freedom;” and “A government that is responsible.”

The agenda follows the “Contract With America” ​​book that helped former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., win a GOP majority in the 1990s. Gingrich will attend a meeting with Republicans on Thursday as they roll out the agenda.

McCarthy sat down with GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik and GOP Whip Steve Scalise on “Fox and Friends” Friday morning in Washington County, Pennsylvania, for Breakfast with Americans to preview the engagement and share their message to voters ahead of for the midterm period.

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The GOP leader said the plan is about tackling the “challenges” facing everyday Americans.

“We wanted to make a plan for a new direction. We want to be at the forefront of the American public. We want an election to have a contrast. If they put their trust in us, that’s exactly what we want to do. Hold our feet to the fire. And on the very first day, we’re going to terminate 87,000 IRS agents. So they don’t come after you. We work for you. You don’t work for us,” McCarthy said.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the details of his "Commitment to America" on a website Thursday morning.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the details of his “Commitment to America” ​​on a web page Thursday morning.
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“Over the past two years, Democrats in Washington have led America off the rails,” reads the preamble to McCarthy’s document. “They created crisis after crisis: from crippling inflation and rampant crime, to failing schools, border chaos and disrespect for our nation across the globe.”

“The Commitment to America represents a new direction and a better approach that will get our nation back on track,” it adds.

On inflation, the agenda said Republicans will “curb wasteful government spending that raises the price of groceries, gas, cars and homes and adds to our national debt.”

On security, it says the GOP will fund border security, fund police, “crack down” on left-wing prosecutors and establish a “select committee on China.”

The agenda also promises to “advance a parent’s Bill of Rights,” ensure that “only women can compete in women’s sports,” ban proxy voting in Congress, increase government oversight, and increase home energy.

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Republicans familiar with the plan say it is the culmination of more than a year of work, beginning with the GOP-only “China Task Force.” McCarthy liked that model and set up several other task forces earlier this year, including on the economy, technology, health, energy and more.

Some policies recommended by Republicans in “Commitment to America” ​​are more specific, said Republicans familiar with the plan. Among them is a Parents’ Bill of Rights. Others are more general, including holding progressive prosecutors accountable.

The Republicans familiar with the plan also noted that “Commitment to America” ​​is the first GOP midterm agenda released in multiple languages, Spanish and English.

Democrats already launched their attack on McCarthy’s plan on Friday, calling it an “extreme MAGA agenda.”

“House Republicans are doubling down on an extreme MAGA agenda: criminalizing women’s health care, slashing seniors’ Medicare (including with the repeal of the lower drug prices for seniors in the Inflation Reduction Act), and attacking our democracy,” according to a press release from House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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McCarthy will be in Pittsburgh on Friday with other members to officially roll out the “Commitment to America.”

The agenda comes at a critical time in the mid-term period. Republicans have had an advantage because of the shaky economy and President Biden’s low approval ratings. But Democrats have claimed some new momentum after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court and created legal problems for former President Donald Trump.

Fox News’ Aishah Hasnie contributed to this report.

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