PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, the future Speaker of the House should the GOP regain the majority, as most expect in the November midterm elections, exclusively previewed the upcoming “Commitment to America” of the GOP for Breitbart News here in Western Pennsylvania on Thursday night ahead of its Friday morning launch.
“We’re going to roll it tomorrow on Friday in Washington — Washington County, not Washington, DC, where the real Americans are,” McCarthy said. “What it is is that it’s 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 sat on various task forces working on solutions to the problems.”
About 30 House Republicans will gather at a sheet metal fabrication plant just outside Pittsburgh to unveil the highly anticipated agenda that represents one of the greatest efforts Republicans have undertaken in the run-up to an election, perhaps since former Chairman Newt Gingrich’s contract with America in 1994.
“We really break it down into four pillars: an economy that is strong, a nation that is secure, a future that is built on freedom, and a government that is accountable,” McCarthy told Breitbart News. “Under each pillar, we explain what we are going to do. In an economy that is strong, we are going to stop this runaway spending and curb that inflation. we are going to make [the country] energy independent and lower the price of gas. We are going to bring the supply chain from China back to America. In a country that is safe, the first thing we are going to do is secure our border and end this capture and release and stop this coming fentanyl. We’ll be able to have 200,000 extra police officers and the other thing we’ll be able to do is these prosecutors and DAs who haven’t enforced the law, we’re going to shine a light on that and a transparency map so everyone knows where we stand. Of course we will defend our national security.”
Under those other two pillars, McCarthy explained the agenda even further.
“Then we’re going to look at a future built on freedom,” McCarthy said. “We’re going to pass a Bill of Rights for parents. Parents should have a say in the education of their children. We are going to provide the opportunity to have parental choice. We’re going to get tax credits so kids have scholarships so a million kids can go to new and different schools. You have health care there – and Big Tech, and hold them accountable and ensure fairness. It’s all the things that we’ve been talking about from the beginning and all the different things that we’re going to pursue, from ESG to Section 230. Then we’re going to talk about a government that is responsible. The first thing we’re going to do is defend our Second Amendment rights to free speech. Then we go in and what we’ve really been working on already is these desks where we have over 500 deposit slips. Why do we not know where the origin of COVID started? 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 simply because they went to school board meetings? This is where we’re going to hold the agencies all accountable. The very last one is making sure Congress works. On the very first day, we are going to remove proxy votes and then before the electoral law we have a whole electoral law for voter ID and roll cleanup.”
Members expected to attend the rollout of the Commitment to America agenda make up a fairly broad balance sheet of the House GOP conference. Of course, McCarthy and his top two lieutenants, House GOP whip Steve Scalise and conference chair Elise Stefanik will be here, but so will a wide spectrum of House GOP constituencies from all sides of the party.
The full membership list includes Representatives 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 plan to get the message straight to voters and use the Commitment to America as a core campaign tool.
“I just got back from 26 states in the past 43 days,” McCarthy told Breitbart News. “We continue to travel. We’re here in Pittsburgh, Washington County, because we fundamentally believe we need to get out there 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 roll out the Commitment to America and then each week we have different themes for the elements of it. We want people to participate. We will have certain days when we have national engagement days where we encourage people to start talking about the crime. Let’s talk about the border. Let’s talk about how to make a stronger economy. Let’s talk about how we bring that supply chain back and what that would mean in this economy.”
More of McCarthy’s exclusive interview with Breitbart News on the Commitment to America rollout is coming.