PITTSBURGH, Pa. — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, the future Speaker of the House if the GOP regains a majority as most expected in November’s midterm elections, exclusively presented the GOP’s upcoming “Pledge to America” for Breitbart News here in western Pennsylvania on Thursday night ahead of the Friday morning launch.
“We’re going to launch it tomorrow Friday in Washington, Washington County, not Washington, DC, where the real Americans are,” McCarthy said. “What it is is a plan to get America back on track. It’s a commitment to America where for the past year and a half all Republican members have been on different task forces who work on solutions to problems.
About 30 House Republicans will meet just outside Pittsburgh at a sheet metal factory to unveil the long-awaited agenda that represents one of the biggest efforts Republicans have undertaken before an election, perhaps since former President Newt Gingrich’s contract with America in 1994.
“We really break it down into four pillars: a strong economy, a secure nation, a future based on freedom, and responsible government,” McCarthy told Breitbart News. “Under each pillar, we lay out what we are going to do. In a strong economy, we will stop this spending spree and curb this inflation. We will do [the country] independent of energy and bring down the price of gas. We will bring the supply chain back from China to America. In a safe country, the first thing we’re going to do is secure our border and stop this catch and release and stop this fentanyl coming through. We’re going to be able to have 200,000 more police officers and the other thing we’re going to be able to do is those prosecutors and prosecutors who haven’t enforced the law, we’re going to shed some light on that and bring out a chart transparency so everyone knows where we stand. Of course, we will defend our national security.
Under these two other pillars, McCarthy explained the agenda even further.
“Then we will envision a future based on freedom,” McCarthy said. “We are going to adopt a declaration of parents’ rights. Parents should have a say in the education of their children. We are going to offer the possibility of having the choice of the parents. We’re going to get tax credits so kids have scholarships so a million kids can go to new and different schools. You’ve got healthcare in there – and Big Tech, and hold it accountable and ensure fairness. These are all the things we’ve been talking about from the very beginning and all the different things we’re going to cover, from ESG to Section 230. Then we’re going to talk about responsible government. The first thing we’re going to do is defend our Second Amendment rights to free speech. Then we go in and what we’re really working on already are these agencies that we have over 500 preservation letters on. Why don’t we know where the origins of COVID began? Why don’t we know what happened in Afghanistan when the president listened to the military? What about an attorney general who went after parents and called them terrorists just for attending school board meetings? This is where we are going to hold the agencies accountable. The very last is to make sure Congress works. On the very first day, we’re going to remove proxy voting, and then for election law, we have a whole election bill for voter identification and cleanup of lists.
The members expected to attend the rollout of the Commitment to America agenda make up a fairly broad cross-balance of the House GOP conference. Sure, McCarthy and his two top lieutenants, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik will be there, but so will a wide array of House GOP members from all sides of the party.
The full roster of members includes Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Kat Cammack (R-FL), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Carlos Jimenez (R-FL), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), Garret Graves (R-LA), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Jim Jordan (R-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), John Katko (R-NY), Mike Kelly (R -PA), Julia Letlow (R-LA), Lisa McClain (R-MI), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Dan Meuser (R-PA), Carol Miller (R-WV ), Marianette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Burgess Owens (R-UT), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Bryan Steil (R-WI ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Beth Van Duyne (R-TX) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH).
After the rollout, McCarthy said, Republicans intend to take the message directly to voters and use the Pledge to America as their primary campaign tool.
“I just got back from 26 states in the last 43 days,” McCarthy told Breitbart News. “We will continue to travel. We are here in Pittsburgh, Washington County because we fundamentally believe that we need to go out and talk to the American people; you listen to them, then you lead. We see an opportunity here that we have not seen in the past. What we do is we roll out the Pledge to America, and then each week we have different themes for the elements of it. We want people to participate. We’re going to have some days where we’re going to have national engagement days where we encourage people to come out and talk about crime. Let’s talk about the border. Let’s talk about how we make the economy stronger. Let’s talk about how we restore that supply chain and what that would mean in this economy.
More on McCarthy’s exclusive interview with Breitbart News while rolling out the Pledge to America is coming soon.