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CBS NEWS: “Pledge to America” Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text)

By Brian Montopoli, Jill Jackson

CBS News has obtained a final draft of House Republicans’ legislative agenda for the next Congress, a 21-page “Pledge to America” that they will formally unveil Thursday morning at a Virginia hardware store.

“The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated,” the introduction says.

It continues: “With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America.”

Highlights include:

Jobs:

  • Stop job-killing tax hikes
  • Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income
  • Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
  • Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:

  • Repeal and Replace health care
  • Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)
  • Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward
  • Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Reforming Congress:

  • Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
  • Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote

Defense:

  • Provide resources to troops
  • Fund missile defense
  • Enforce sanctions in Iran

To continue reading the complete text of the document, please visit CBS News

  • http://www.rockfordteaparty.org David

    When the Tea Party started we wanted the IRS gone. We wanted the Federal Government cut down to a shred and shadow of what it was looming to be. When the Tea Party started we wanted a Fair tax. We want this government to Fear us!!! Guess what it still doesn’t. With the new so called Pledge from the Republicans you should be able to tell that we have accomplished nothing.

    Ben Franklin was asked what he was giving America and he replied he was giving America a Nation if they could keep it. We need to ask this coming Republican Congress what the hell they are giving us because they sure as hell ain’t giving us our Nation back with this pathetic Pledge to America. I am completely disappointed and disgusted.

    Their so called pledge doesn’t include a Flat or Fair Tax. It doesn’t include eliminating whole departments such as the IRS, the Dept. of Education or Energy. It does not down size government. It takes us back to the lefty days of Bush. It doesn’t include any serious reform. It includes more of the same old crap. Managing corruption. Is this what we get with a new Congress? If this is what we get I don’t want it people and we are not going far enough with merely electing a Republican Congress.

  • Kurt Saberg

    If the Republicans were really serious about making a stand for something they would vote for Term Limits followed by an elimination of pensions. Until they do that, they aren’t truly serious. People wanted term limits when they had the original Contract with America.

    Signed,
    A disappointed former Republican

  • Joseph Tartaglini

    Only one thing missing…a reduction in current federal spending. I believe a reduction of approximately 15% across the board would be appropriate.

  • Daniel Ilich

    To restrain clergy to be involved in politics and to eliminate the tax exampt status if they conduct politics in the places of worhip.

  • http://N/A Henry Brewer

    You have asked us in the past to get us the majority in the house and senate and we can get things done to help all Americans. We did that and in the end we wound up with “Jelly Spined “, afraid of the press, career-minded representation and a Pres. named Obama. I do not want the “Rinos”. I have worked and lived in America for the 68 years God has given me and I have never seen this country in this sort of mess. Our freedoms are being lost, taken over by undocumented people and no Constitution as the rule of law. We need as they used to say “A Revival”.

  • http://AOL Madeline

    I think this Pledge to America doesn’t go far enough. What about putting a limit on the number of CZARs that presidents are allowed. Any CZAR that will be appointed to head a post should be required to go through Congress for approval. What about the law that allows the majority party to pass a bill without going through the normal process? What about bribery to candidates to go along with passing a bill? What about special interest groups who influence our politicians and what about putting term limits on the number of years that politicians can serve??????

  • Carole Mace

    “Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)” = NOT GOOD ENOUGH; ROLL BACK FURTHER! CUT GOVERNMENT WASTE AND CUT UNECESARY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, OFFICES, AND EMPLOYEES.
    “Give members at least 3 days to read bills be fore a vote” – GIVE YOUR EMPLOYERS (THE PEOPLE) A MINIMUM OF 7 DAYS TO READ BILLS WHICH WILL ALLOW US TIME TO LET YOU KNOW IF WE AGREE OR DISAGREE

  • Gordon McCauley

    I am NOT impressed. This is all simply tinkering with the system and more of the same.

    REPLACE HEALTHCARE??? What is that?

    Stop job-killing tax hikes? So they will claim their tax increases don’t kill jobs?

    Give tax loopholes to “small” businesses? Just fix it! Flatten it (one rate), redcuce it (NTE 15%), and remove all loopholes.

    Roll back “non-discretionary” spending? ALL spending is discretionary except payment of debts. Recognize this and stop spending on unconstitutional projects.

    What are “strict budget caps”? Define them! Spending not to exceed 10% of GDP!

  • Tom Frank

    I sure thought you would address “ear marks” a real thorn in the taxpayers pocket.
    I think “ear marks” are BAD and deceptive and abusive expense. They leed to coruption.

  • Louise Strauss

    Thank you for giving the people of Amerca a clear outline of what must be done to restore America’s government to what was intended by our founders and is being asked for by the majority of our citizens.

    Now people have a clear choice beteen freedom and responsibility or the destruction of the greatest Democratic Republic ever conceived.

    Thank you
    Louise Strauss

  • Barry Kenyon

    Add term limits for Congress
    Every bill should require Congress not only to state citation of authority but also funding source.
    Each bill should stand on its on merits, and any attachments must relate to that bill

  • James W. Wilde

    This document desperately needs to address the need for term limits in Congress. Our founders would roll over in their graves to see Congressmen and Senators in office for thirty or more years. The founders anticipated people serving a few years (i.e. no more than 10 or 12) and going back to their lives, not becoming professional politicians.

  • Donald J Latta

    Since Congress created the mess we are in, it is only fair that they begin to share the financial burdens the rest of us are faced with everyday. As a result, before I vote for any candidate running for the House or Senate in November 2010, he or she must make a public commitment to do the following, without raising taxes and during the 1st (100 days) of the 112th Congress. So far neither the Contract from America or the Pledge to America has incorporated any of the following.
    1. That they will sponsor and or support legislation to repeal their most recent pay and benefit increase.
    2. That they will sponsor and/or support legislation to reduce their own salaries and benefits by 10% beginning Jan 1, 2011.
    3. That they will sponsor and/or support legislation to reduce Congressional salaries and benefits by 5% a year beginning Jan 1, 2012 and continuing each year until the budget is balanced.
    4. That they will sponsor and/or support legislation that prohibits future pay and benefit increases unless the budget is in balance at the time of any proposed raise.
    5. That they will sponsor and/or support legislation to reduce pay and benefits by 2% for every federal and contract employee beginning on Jan 1, 2011, and that pay and benefits for all federal employees will be reduced 2% a year thereafter until the budget is in balance.
    6. That the candidate will sponsor and or support an annual 5% reduction in the number of federal employees (including contract employees) until the budget is balanced. 
    7. That they will sponsor and or support legislation that prohibits any amendment to any legislation that does not directly pertain to the subject of the original legislation and is fully debated on the Senate or House floor. (No more pork period!)
    8. That they will sponsor and or support legislation to reduce entitlement programs by 2% a year effective Jan 1, 2011 and annually until the budget is balanced.
    9. That they will sponsor and or support “Right to Work” legislation which prohibits awarding government contracts to “Union Only” groups or contractors.
    10. That they will sponsor and or support legislation that promotes small business and manufacturing enterprise in the U.S. and discourages the exportation of American jobs and manufacturing overseas.

  • Paula Hartman

    I think this is a great beginning and commitment for and from the GOP. Earmarks have already been addressed by the GOP and a commitment made banning them. This Pledge offers a new framework to work within and I think it is about time. Thank you Congressional Republicans.

  • Cheryl

    Can the Republicans roll back the 3 trillion dollars we spent in Iraq?

  • Joy Crouch

    Where do you find the documentation to support this comment? “3 trillion dollars spent in Iraq”?

  • Barbara Rose

    Cheryl, get your facts straight before posting. Iraq war was no where near your figure. In fact the entire 8 years of the previous administration did not rack that figure up including the entire Iraq war. I know you want to support your clowns in Washington but you can’t with lies. Hats off to Bush for winning the war which he did promise and delivered!

  • Melinda Meikle

    Please consider adding that: all representatives MUST read bills before signing, if not, the bill is deemed invalid and unconstitutional. The representative would be fined.

    Obama care should be repealed and replaced with “healthcare based between doctors and patients, with much lower transportable premiums. Clinics available based on “income based charges “per incident”” to accommodate those who don’t have health insurance. Incentives for healthy living.

    Instead of “reform Fannie and Freddie” – better to privatize and reform. Most important, Fire Barney Frank.”

    Stiff penalties for corruption with our representatives who “forget to pay their taxes or offer deals to effect political outcomes.” Jail and huge fines for this type of corruption.

    Jail for election fraud. Two years after Al Franken muscled his way into the senate thousands of votes were found in the back of a car where we would have LOST. Fire him and give job to opponent who won! Do NOT consider Pawlenty for President as this criminal activity was on his watch!

    This contract should be more specific and comprehensive. and deal with the huge issues that has created the destruction of our wonderful republican, which includes jail time for our President who also not have won if it weren’t for Acorn voting in caucuses.

  • Melinda

    Please consider adding that: all representatives MUST read bills before signing, if not, the bill is deemed invalid and unconstitutional. The representative would be fined.

    Obama care should be repealed and replaced with “healthcare based between doctors and patients, with much lower transportable premiums. Clinics available based on “income based charges “per incident”” to accommodate those who don’t have health insurance. Incentives for healthy living.

    Instead of “reform Fannie and Freddie” – better to privatize and reform. Most important, Fire Barney Frank.”

    Stiff penalties for corruption with our representatives who “forget to pay their taxes or offer deals to effect political outcomes.” Jail and huge fines for this type of corruption.

    Jail for election fraud. Two years after Al Franken muscled his way into the senate thousands of votes were found in the back of a car where we would have LOST. Fire him and give job to opponent who won! Do NOT consider Pawlenty for President as this criminal activity was on his watch!

    This contract should be more specific and comprehensive. and deal with the huge issues that has created the destruction of our wonderful republican, which includes jail time for our President who also not have won if it weren’t for Acorn voting in caucuses.

    Charge Iraq for their liberation by USA.

    Sound and effective drilling to become energy independent — wind and solar are okay but won’t do the entire job.

  • Bill

    I’ve not had time to read the full document yet and hope it contains significant specifics regarding how we will take action on these objectives. The summary would indicate there are a number of actions missing, as discussed in some of the comments above. I’m also hopeful we will see enough candidates sign up to the key changes to give us hope that we are not being victimized by rhetoric once again. It seems we complain about our representatives each election cycle then vote them back into office.

    Those who would like to see congress vote for term limits are likely to have a long wait… same regarding salary adjustments, replacing their (very lucrative) retirement plan with social security, and being subject to the same health plans the government decides to impose on the great unwashed (AKA: us “little people”).

    Special note to Donald Latta – good luck with your requests. I suspect that if a candidate must agree to all the points you’ve listed for you to vote for them, you may end up deciding it is not worth your trouble to vote. I hope that is not the case as these are very dangerous times. I recommend you prioritize your issues and vote for the people your research indicates are likely to at least go forward on the most important ones. (I agree with your points but feel the odds of anyone signing on to all of them range from slim to none.)

    Now… on to the details.

  • Natalie

    The following is an excerpt from a Rasmussen article:

    “In a book released earlier this year, Scott Rasmussen observed that “the gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them may be as big today as the gap between the colonies and England during the 18thcentury.” In Search of Self-Governance is available at Rasmussen Reports and Amazon.com.

    When the Constitution was written, the nation’s founders expected that there would be a 50% turnover in the House of Representatives every election cycle.
    That was the experience they witnessed in state legislatures at the time (and most of the state legislatures offered just one-year terms). For well over 100 years after the Constitution was adopted, the turnover in the House averaged in the 50% range as expected.

    In the 20th century, however, turnover began to decline. As power and prestige flowed to Washington during the New Deal era, fewer and fewer members of Congress wanted to leave. In 1968, congressional turnover fell to single digits for the first time ever, and it has remained very low ever since.”

    WE NEED TERM LIMITS!!! Term limits would fix so many of our problems and FOFCE the needed turnover that is healthy for our country. Good guy politicians will still have influence but in other ways. Bad guys will lose their committee chair positions!
    Let’s start clamoring for term limits.