Republicans say they will immediately ‘repeal 87,000 IRS agents’ if they retake Congress and launch a series of investigations including into the ‘weaponization of the DOJ’ as they roll out their ‘Commitment to America’ in Pennsylvania
House Republicans vowed to immediately ‘repeal 87,000 IRS agents’ and launch a series of investigations, including into the ‘weaponization of the DOJ,’ if they retake the House come November.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy paraded a group of prominent House members, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, to roll out the House GOP‘s ‘Commitment to America,’ in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, a town located southeast of Pittsburgh.
‘Our job is to work for you, not go after you,’ McCarthy pledged to the crowd, mentioning that the No. 1 legislative priority was to roll back funds slated to go toward the Internal Revenue Service included in the Inflation Reduction Act.
The 87,000 figure came from a Treasury Department assessment of how many IRS employees could be hired using the $80 billion appropriation over 10 years – not the actual legislation – but Republicans used the figure to drum up opposition to the bill.
Top House Republicans, including McCarthy, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Jim Jordan, also promised to launch a series of investigations – into the tumultuous Afghanistan pull-out, the origins of COVID-19 and, as Jordan put it, the ‘weaponization of the DOJ against the American people.’
‘House Republicans are committed to exposing and holding accountable those in our government who have come after “we the people” and we will do that in every area,’ Jordan said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy brought a parade of top Republicans to Monongahela, Pennsylvania Friday to roll out the House GOP’s ‘Commitment to America’
The plan includes a five-point strategy to address the southern border crisis, allocation of more funds to reduce crime and hire law enforcement as well as confronting online censorship
The Ohio Republican pushed the COVID lab-leak theory hard, ridiculing the idea that the COVID-19 originated in nature.
‘But they want us to believe no, no, no, it was a bat to a pangolin to Joe Rogan and then we all got it right?’ Jordan said to laughs. ‘I’m just a country boy from Ohio but I think it probably came from a lab.’
McCarthy led a question and answer session to allow different members of the Republican conference to speak.
One woman, who identified herself as a ‘mama bear,’ claimed that her complaints about COVID mandates, critical race theory and transgender athletes participating in women’s sports got her labeled a ‘domestic terrorist’ by the Department of Justice.
‘What’s amazing is what you’re going to hear about here, because we have tiger moms just like you in Congress,’ McCarthy said.
Rep. Julia Letlow, whose husband died of COVID before he was sworn-in to Congress, took the mic to share the ‘parents bill of rights’ portion of the Republican plan.
‘Because in our commitment to America, parents will always have a seat at the table when it comes to their child’s education from here on out. I can promise you that,’ Letlow said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also led a question and answer session with members of the audience
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio spoke about some of the investigations House Republicans would be pursuing, including into COVID-19’s origins
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was seated behind House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during Friday’s event in Monongahela, Pennsylvania
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) holds up the House GOP’s ‘Commitment to America,’ flanked by the No. 3 House Republican, Rep. Elise Stefanik (right)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (left) shakes hands with Pennsylvania Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (right), whose Western Pennsylvnaia district the Republicans held Friday’s event in
THE HOUSE GOP’S ‘COMMITMENT TO AMERICA’
SOUTHERN BORDER SECURITY
Republicans want to stop alternatives to detention programs that allow migrants to illegally cross into the U.S., claim asylum and remain in the country while they await legal proceedings for their immigration case.
In a majority of cases, migrants disappear into the country and never show up for court dates.
To close these loopholes, Republicans want to use the Remain in Mexico policies, which was a Trump-era deal made with America’s neighbors to the south to allow for migrants who entered from Mexico to be returned there to await immigration proceedings upon making asylum claims.
The plan also puts forward a proposal giving more funding for border enforcement agencies as employees report that they are overworked and understaffed.
The GOP’s focus on the U.S.-Mexico border comes as the Biden administration continues to fail to implement policies to stop the unprecedented flow of migrants into the country over the last two years.
The focus on the border comes amid claims the Biden administration is not enacting any policies to help quell the prevailing migration crisis. Pictured: Venezuelan migrants walk along the U.S. border wall to turn themselves into Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico on September 21
Figures released this week show that as of August Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 2 million migrants in Fiscal Year 2022 so far, a new high. And other figures reveal there was a record-breaking number of migrant deaths along the border this year with more than 780 reported.
Republican governors in the south have received a lot of flak lately after they started busing and flying migrants out of their jurisdictions to sanctuary states like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is now facing a class action lawsuit after flying a plane of 50 migrants to the wealthy Martha’s Vineyard island off the coast of Massachusetts last week. The case claims the migrants were misled to get on the plane and were told they were going to New York City or Washington, D.C.
At least two Democrat-led congressional committees are considering probes into the flight.
The Biden administration assures they are focusing on ‘root causes’ of migration to try and address what causes people to leave their home countries and flee to the U.S. to claim asylum. But Republicans say this strategy has led to an open-door policy allowing for the flow of unchecked illegal immigration.
Surprisingly, the GOP plan does not include anything about completing Trump’s southern border wall, which many members of the party claim is paramount to securing the U.S. from illegal immigration and human and drug traffiking.
The party wants to criminalize all forms of illicit fentanyl as Mexican drug cartels continue to push the drug over the border.
Americans are dying daily from fentanyl overdoses – some without realizing they are taking the drug because it was laced in a different illicit substance.
August figures were released this week that brought the total number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) migrant encounters to more than 2 million in Fiscal Year 2022
ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
A hand-out on the Commitment to America strategy, which was accidentally revealed early on Wednesday night after McCarthy’s website went live before it was quickly password protected, shows that the party will focus much of their efforts on economic recovery.
To do so, Republicans want to decrease government spending to help curb the prices of groceries, gas, cars and housing.
They also want to make America a more independent nation in moving supply chains away from China by increasing U.S. manufacturing and tapping natural resources to reduce reliance on foreign oil and energy.
In the 2021 GOP retreat in Orlando, McCarthy announced the formation of seven task forces, including the China Task Force aimed at laying the groundwork for a select committee on CCP. Representative Michael McCaul, the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, was put in charge of the task force dealing with China.
Since Biden took office, the country has seen record high inflation, record high gas prices and a classically defined recession with two straight quarters of negative GDP growth.
The party wants to increase Americans’ take-home pay by decreasing regulations in some industries and promoting pro-growth tax.
They also want to increase America’s economic competitiveness and cyber resiliency as China becomes a growing threat to western competition and security.
McCarthy was engaged in plans to create a China select committee in 2020 when he was working with Democrats on a bipartisan effort before they pulled out. The Republican-only task force he created is now meant to replace that effort.
McCaul’s task force, which included members from different committees, worked throughout the year to produce a final report with hundreds of policy recommendations related to China.
A pocket hand out of the points include a focus on promoting a strong economy and reducing crime in U.S. cities and at the border through conservative policies
It also promotes keeping transgender women out of girls sports in schools and ‘protecting the lives of unborn children’
‘PARENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS’ AND ABORTION
It would guarantee parents know what their kids are being taught in school, how their tax dollars are being spent and the ability to speak up at school board meetings without fear of being kicked out.
The so-called ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’ would also come after trangender student by stopping people who were born male from competing with women and ensuring only biological girls can compete in girls sports.
President Joe Biden’s administration has proposed new rules to change the definition of sex in Title IX to include transgender students. This would allow children and teens who identify as the opposite sex they were born as to compete in sports and use lockers rooms and bathrooms corresponding with the sex they claim to be.
Parents, student athletes and concerned community members claim that this would be unfair to women and make it so young girls could never fairly compete in sports again because they could always be at risk of facing biological men.
Another issue for women and families included in a section of the Commitment to America on preserving constitutional freedoms includes a point on ‘protecting the lives of unborn children.’
While Republicans have insisted that they would not seek a nationwide ban on abortion, the party has shown that they are willing to go forward with restrictions on pregnancy termination now that Roe v. Wade is no more.
The GOP’s Commitment to America mentions protecting unborn children after a Supreme Court ruling in June stripped federal protections for abortion with the overturn of Roe v. Wade
ADDRESS SPIKING CRIME
While the border is a huge focus of reducing crime in the U.S., McCarthy and Republicans are also concerned with reducing huge increases in violent crime, especially in major cities.
The party hopes to be able to get 200,000 more cops hired by implementing recruiting bonuses and incentives to become or remain a part of law enforcement despite a huge drop in morale.
Democratic calls to defund police and an increased scrutiny on cops have led to people leaving the field or drops in people going to the academy to become a police officer.
In his plan, McCarthy also wants to crack down on local and state prosecutors who do not pursue cases against violent crimes in their area.
To do so, the GOP plans to stop ‘woke’ District Attorney’s from receiving any federal funding.
‘If woke DAs won’t do their job, they don’t deserve another dime of federal money,’ according to a Republican familiar with the plan.
As of May, violent crimes like murder, rape and assault in some of the country’s biggest cities increased by 5 percent to 40 percent from the same time from in 2021 and 2022.
‘If the American people entrust Republicans with a majority in the House, that all changes on day one with the Commitment to America,’ McCarthy told DailyMail.com of the status quo.
‘Republicans are unified to ensuring an economy that’s strong, a nation that’s safe, a future that’s built on freedom, and a government that’s finally held accountable.’
McCarthy will roll out the Commitment to America directly at a metal sheet working plant on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday along with 30 of his House GOP colleagues.
The Republican conference is currently in the works of planning a series of events throughout the fall to highlight their plan to the American people ahead of the November midterm elections.
The seven Republican task forces were instructed to release reports on a ‘rolling’ basis.
The task forces are on Jobs and Economy led by Patrick McHenry; Future of American Freedoms led by Jim Jordan; American Security led by John Katko; Big Tech, Censorship, and Data led by Cathy McMorris Rodgers; Healthy Futures led by Brett Guthrie and Vern Buchanan; Energy, Climate, and Conservation led by Garret Graves; and China led by McCaul.
She said one of the ‘silver linings’ of the pandemic was ‘we had a front row seat to what our children were being taught.’
Letlow said that parents should be able to ‘view your child’s curriculum’ and challenge it at the school board level.
McCarthy then added, ‘we believe in fairness, we should ensure women only compete in women’s sports,’ he said to applause.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, the No. 3 House Republican who replaced anti-Trump Rep. Liz Cheney, touted that it was the ‘House Republicans that asked the tough questions’ to find out the Biden Department of Justice was labeling parents as ‘domestic terrorists.’
Republicans have pointed to a letter from the National School Boards Association to Attorney General Merrick Garland last fall that warned some of the threats school officials were receiving ‘could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism.’
In turn, Garland directed the DOJ to look into threats, but didn’t use the ‘terrorism’ language.
‘I’ll make this personal pledge,’ McCarthy added. ‘I don’t know if it happened, but any parents who say they got put on the terrorist watchlist by the DOJ, we’ll get you off of it,’ he said, chuckling.
While Pennsylvania is not a border state, the current crush of migrants was made a local issue by a Fayette County, Pennsylvania sheriff who spoke about the fentanyl overdose spike.
‘How do you plan to resolve this Biden border crisis and stop the fentanyl poisoning of America and hold our administration responsible for not keeping America safe, which is almost treasonous,’ he asked the Republican lawmakers.
Rep. Tony Gonzales, who represents Uvalde, Texas, was picked to speak.
Gonzales accused the Democrats of ‘having a plan’ that included allowing the Chinese to manufacture fentanyl, sell it to the Mexican cartels and bring it over the U.S.-Mexico border.
‘Clearly they have no plan other than “whatever Trump did, we’re gonna do the opposite,” that’s what everyone thought originally,’ Gonzales said. ‘Although they do have a plan and we are seeing exactly what that plan looks like.’
‘It is, it is tearing America apart. It is killing our kids,’ he added.
He acknowledged the mass shooting in Uvalde in May, where 19 children and two teachers were killed.
‘I had a horrific incident that occurred in Uvalde a couple months ago. I wish this upon no one. Our community has been turned upside down. It’s been a few months we started to heal together,’ Gonzales said.
He said students and parents are being retraumatized because there are ‘high speed chases coming through our town’ due to border crossers.
‘So imagine you just went through this horrific incident,’ he said. ‘And you get a text message on your phone that says, “hey, our schoolwas in lockdown.”‘
‘This is happening on our border every single day. That’s why we have to secure the border and enough is enough,’ he added.