In a news report out today, POLITICO highlights House Republicans’ efforts to listen to the American people by implementing the Pledge to America, a governing document that reflects the priorities of the people. POLITICO reported that:
“Six months into the Republican majority, a closer look at the GOP’s ‘Pledge to America’ and its election-season promises shows the new majority has lived up to the agenda: The GOP passed a bill to repeal health care reform; it extended the Bush-era tax rates; it has been posting bills three days ahead of votes, as promised; and it has banned earmarks. House Republicans have also cut federal spending...and they’ve cut their own congressional budgets. They also voted to end further federal funding for abortion.”
Following is a quick review of progress made on the Pledge to America:
Stopping All Job-Killing Tax Hikes
- In December 2010, the House passed and the President signed into law a bill to prevent all tax hikes for two years.
Repealing Job-Crushing Small Business Mandates
- With the passage of H.R. 4, The Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011, the job-crushing “1099” requirement of ObamaCare was repealed
Repealing the Democrats’ Government Takeover of Health Care
- ObamaCare was repealed by the House of Representatives on January 19, 2011 with the passage of H.R. 2. The Senate has yet to act.
Cutting Spending to Create a Better Environment for Private Sector Job Creation
- The House has voted to cut Congress’ budget, held weekly votes on spending cuts, and voted to cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.
- The House also secured nearly $40 billion in spending cuts this year – spending $79 billion less than the President originally requested.
- And with the GOP’s Path to Prosperity budget, the House has moved the conversation from cuts in the billions of dollars to cuts in the trillions – proposing $6 trillion worth of cuts in government spending over the next 10 years.
In addition, The House has voted to require bills to be posted online at least three days before a vote, made it easier to cut spending, and mandated that legislation cite its authority in the Constitution. There is much more work to be done, but the new Majority in the House is making steady progress fulfilling the Pledge to America – and listening to the American People in the process.
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