Republicans are going back to their ’90s playbook as Election Day approaches, planning to unveil a new “Contract With America.”
A GOP spokesman told The Hill that House and Senate Republicans will introduce the new compact on Thursday in Virginia. The document will showcase the GOP’s agenda should the party be restored to power on Capitol Hill.
GOP leaders have already hinted at some of the ideas that could be included. According to The Hill:
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), for instance, has called for a two-year freeze in tax rates and a reduction in spending to 2008 levels. President Obama and Democratic leaders want to extend most tax cuts, but would raise taxes on families with incomes above $250,000 annually and individuals who earn more than $200,000 a year.
Also in the contract could be a push for repeal of the president’s health care reform law and a drawback of Wall Street reform rules.
Social conservatives confident views will be in new GOP contract
Social conservatives are confident that their issues will be included in the anticipated new House GOP Contract with America.
According to key anti-abortion lawmaker Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.), GOP leadership gave their reassurances that lighting-rod issues related to abortion would be addressed in the final, yet-to-be-seen “governing agenda.”
Pitts explained that he has been involved in conversations with GOP leaders writing the new “governing agenda” set for release in the next week or so.
“There will be some in there, yes. I haven’t seen the language but have been told that there will be some in there, the social issues,” Pitts said in an interview with The Hill.
New Contract With America nearly done
Republicans will not sign the new “Contract with America,” and GOP candidates won’t be invited to the document’s unveiling, unlike in 1994.
Sixteen years ago, more than 300 Republican congressional candidates marched up the Capitol steps to sign the original pledge, which called for fiscal responsibility, term limits and a crackdown on crime.
But this year, according to several sources, candidates will not be asked to attend — because the new Contract is being pushed as a governing effort rather than an electoral one.
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for the effort, stressed that the new Contract will be a guide for how Republicans would run the House and said signing such a document is not necessary.