Washington (CNN) - House Republican Leader John Boehner will pledge Thursday that a Republican led Congress would not only function differently from the current Democratic majority with him as the Speaker, but it would be more open than previous Republican run Congresses.
In excerpts released from Boehner's Thursday afternoon speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the GOP Leader will commit to putting bills online at least 72 hours ahead of any votes and using new technologies to promote great transparency.
"For too long – under Democrats and Republicans alike – Congress has been too closed and too insular. Both parties are guilty. I want to change it. I've wanted to change it for a long time. And now we have a chance to do it," Boehner will say according to his planned remarks.
Boehner earlier this year tapped California Republican Kevin McCarthy, a key GOP leadership lieutenant, to draft a new platform for Republican candidates to run on in November's midterm elections. But in a nod to conservative activists who complain Washington politicians have ignored voters' wishes, Boehner plans to say this new platform "won't be a document handed down from on high by politicians, because something like that would land with a big thud. It's going to be built by listening."
Boehner doesn't call the party document under development a "Contract with America" - the name House Republicans used for their 1994 manifesto that helped them regain the majority in Congress. Instead Boehner specifically says he and fellow GOP leaders will look at the ideas in the "Contract From America," the document being drafted by one leading conservative grassroots group, the Tea Party Patriots. Boehner also mentions the Mount Vernon statement, a set of principles endorsed earlier this week by another group of Republicans at George Washington's home in Virginia.
And as some Republican leaders carefully tread the line between too closely aligning themselves with the Tea Party movement, with some elements of the movement viewed as too extreme, excerpts from Boehner's speech indicate he's working to move closer to them. "While the other side is busy mocking the tea partiers and calling them names, we're going to listen to them, stand with them, and walk among them."