Cut in Non-Security Discretionary Spending Would Save $100 Billion



Washington, D.C. With Americans speaking out against Washington s runaway spending spree, House Republicans plan to force a vote this evening on a proposal that would roll back non-security discretionary spending to the level before the bailouts, takeovers, and stimulus spending sprees. The spending cut, featured prominently in the Pledge to America agenda, would save taxpayers $100 billion this year compared to the President s FY2011 spending request. Marking the commitment of House Republicans to fight right away for the solutions included in the Pledge to America, Pledge Chairman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement:

Washington Democrats are out of excuses for continuing their failed stimulus spending spree. The notion that we can spend our way to prosperity has been rejected by the American people, and they want Congress to act now to reverse the trend. Americans are tired of seeing Washington throwing money around while they are making hard sacrifices at home. The spending cuts in the Pledge to America make clear that Republicans are ready to start making the tough choices needed to rein in spending and reduce the size of government. While Democrats may be ready to head home for the fall, House Republicans are still fighting to tackle the priorities of the nation.

NOTE: The Pledge to America is a new governing agenda built upon the priorities of the American people. The result of a months-long engagement with public, the Pledge offers plans to create jobs, rein in Washington spending, and reform Congress itself, among others. The full document, as well as a smaller pocket card version can be downloaded at pledge.gop.gov.
Washington, D.C. Continuing efforts to immediately fight for implementation of the Pledge to America , Republicans today offered a motion on the House floor to repeal portions of the new health care law and replace it with a common sense solution to lower health care costs and reduce the deficit. Specifically, the motion provided real medical liability reform so that physicians can focus on patients, rather than frivolous lawsuits, and Americans can have access to more affordable health care. After the vote, Pledge to America Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered the following comments:

Americans have long spoken out against the government takeover of health care, and today s vote intensifies our fight to fully repeal the law and replace it with better solutions. While Washington Democrats continue to ignore the voices of the people and defend the misguided law, Republicans understand that the costly, job-killing bill was enacted against the will of the nation. Though Democrats used their large majority to defeat our measure today, we will not stop until we complete the promises made in our Pledge to America.

NOTE: The Pledge to America is a new governing agenda built upon the priorities of the American people. The result of a months-long engagement with public, the Pledge offers plans to create jobs, rein in Washington spending, and reform Congress itself, among others. The full document, as well as a smaller pocket card version can be downloaded at pledge.gop.gov.
Washington, D.C. Following through on a promise to start fighting for solutions right away, House Republicans today will force a vote on a proposal to rein in spending that is included in the new Pledge to America agenda. As part of the Pledge s plan to stop out-of-control spending and reduce the size of government, Republicans have proposed ending the TARP program once and for all. Using one of few procedural tools available to the minority party, Republicans today will force a vote on the measure which was the top recent vote-getter through the successful YouCut program - through a previous question motion. Pledge Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made the following comments regarding today s vote:

Americans understand we cannot wait any longer to begin reining in Washington spending. Taxpayers are looking for an end to the bailouts that subsidize the poor decisions of others, and TARP has long outlived its supposed purpose. With today s vote, Republicans are beginning to fulfill a promise that spending-as-usual in Congress will not be tolerated. The Pledge to America answers the public s call for real spending cuts, and today we are beginning our fight to make a smaller, more accountable government a reality.

NOTE: The Pledge to America is a new governing agenda built upon the priorities of the American people. The result of a months-long engagement with public, the Pledge offers plans to create jobs, rein in Washington spending, and reform Congress itself, among others. The full document, as well as a smaller pocket card version can be downloaded at pledge.gop.gov.
Washington, D.C. Following upon last week s introduction of the Pledge to America, a new governing agenda for the nation, Republicans today rolled out a pocket card version of the Pledge. The Pledge pocket card enumerates the specific policy proposals of the agenda in a more compact, easy-to-read format. This new document clearly lays out the Republican plans to create jobs, rein in spending, repeal and replace the new health care law, keep America safe and secure, and reform Congress itself. This simple layout of the Pledge to America, an agenda built upon the priorities of the American people, allows the public to easily track the promises made in the Pledge. Along with the full 45-page document, Americans can print the pocket card by downloading it from pledge.gop.gov.



Upon release of the new Pledge pocket card, Pledge to America Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released the following statement:

With the American people looking for solutions, this simple pocket card lays out the policies that Republicans are pursuing and the principles we are committing ourselves to. We believe Washington needs more accountability, and with this easy-to-read Pledge document, Americans can hold us accountable to the promises we are making.
With Americans looking for leadership and solutions to the nation s foremost challenges, House Republicans last week offered a Pledge to America. This new governing agenda is focused on the top priorities of the American people creating jobs, reducing spending, and changing Washington. From coast to coast, editorials and commentators continue to praise the agenda s focus and solutions rooted in principles of smaller, more accountable government.



New York Post Editorial

Taking the pledge

http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/opinion/editorials/taking_the_pledge_2GhexOVOXiFt2lbZQup8fM

After two years of battling a trillion-dollar spending spree and a radical over haul of the American health-care system, Republicans yesterday offered an alternative: "A Pledge to America."

It's a simple document, reminiscent of the GOP's 1994 Contract With America -- but it's more than that, too. While the Pledge discusses many issues, its basic prescription is economic.

To wit:

  • To restore certainty to the private sector and generate jobs, the GOP promises to extend all Bush tax cuts, make them permanent and oppose any other tax hikes.

  • Republicans pledge to cut government spending to 2008 levels -- pre-bailouts and pre-stimulus. They'd also cap discretionary spending and cut Congress' budget to boot.

  • Full implementation of ObamaCare means bigger government and higher taxes. While pledging to repeal the law -- or block funding of its elements -- where possible, Republicans will also pursue alternatives to reduce health-care costs while expanding availability. That includes medical-malpractice reform, letting Americans buy health insurance across state lines and expanded health savings accounts.


Overly simplistic? Perhaps.

But its clarity resonates

Debra Saunders (San Francisco Chronicle)

GOP pledge beats Democrats' delays

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/27/ED3E1FK9DB.DTL#ixzz10pRWUBDs

The House Republicans' "Pledge to America" calls for an extension of the Bush tax cuts for all; a rollback of government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels; "strict budget caps"; an end to the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the rest of the Obama stimulus package. What's not to like?

Having been asked what they would do differently if they ran the House, the Republicans came up with an answer.

Meanwhile, the Democrats run the House, but they are not acting as if they are in charge. They haven't passed a budget. They're putting off a vote to extend all or some of the Bush tax cuts until after the Nov. 2 election. They're acting like lame ducks before they become lame ducks.

They can't seem to get much of anything done, except deflect attention from their fecklessness to gaps in the GOP pledge...

Michael Barone (Washington Examiner)

Pledge Is Good Policy And Strategy

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130151753

The interesting thing is that this year s Pledge to America concentrates more on substantive issues of governance than the Contract with America did 16 years ago.

Yes, the Pledge does include some procedural reforms (any House member can get a vote on an amendment cutting spending), as did the Contract (cutting the number of committees and committee staff).

But the Pledge to America also addresses two central economic issues and makes commitments that will embarrass House Republicans if they gain a majority but fail to deliver.

One is to roll back non-defense discretionary spending to 2008 levels. The other is to repeal not revise or amend or embroider, but repeal the health-care bill signed by President Barack Obama exactly six months before the shirt-sleeved House Republicans made their pledge.

The rollback to 2008 strikes me as good policy and politics or, at least, good conservative policy and good Republican politics

Cal Thomas (Syndicated Columnist)

The Republican Philosophy

http://townhall.com/columnists/CalThomas/2010/09/28/the_republican_philosophy/page/full/

All public policy is founded on an underlying philosophy about humanity and the world. Some call it a "worldview," but whatever it is called, everything government does (or does not do) derives from a philosophical foundation on which it is constructed.

While the usual suspects have criticized the Republican's "A Pledge to America" document, I find it a refreshing reminder of the founding philosophy that "brought forth on this continent a new nation," in Lincoln's words, 234 years ago

Phyllis Schlafly

Republicans Pledge to Change Our Direction

http://townhall.com/columnists/PhyllisSchlafly/2010/09/28/republicans_pledge_to_change_our_direction

Republicans in Congress issued "A Pledge to America" setting forth their goals. The principal thrust is to reassure Americans that Republicans will, indeed, offer "a clear and clearly different approach" to Barack Obama's policies.

The Pledge properly recognizes that "joblessness is the single most important challenge facing America today" and that, therefore, it's time to end the "liberal Keynesian experiment" -- i.e., trying to spend our way to prosperity. We've been waiting for smart politicians to make a forthright denunciation of Keynesianism ever since it was originally inflicted on Americans by Franklin D. Roosevelt and then given political credence by Richard Nixon's famous comment (proving he was not a conservative), "We are all Keynesians now."

Republicans solemnly promise not to allow any tax increases. Unless the Reid-Pelosi Democrats come to their senses, they will allow a $3.8 trillion tax hike to take effect the first of the year