September 22nd, 2010
05:49 PM ET
4 years ago

House GOP's 'Pledge to America'

Washington (CNN) - House Republican Leaders will unveil a 21 page "Pledge to America" on Thursday morning. CNN obtained a copy of the document Wednesday, which lays out a "governing agenda" for what Republicans would do if they won control of Congress.

The document focuses primarily on issues of jobs and the economy, with a short reference in the "preamble" section referencing the party's position on social issues. In terms of specific proposals, Republicans propose to permanently extend all the tax cuts due to expire at the end of this year, give small businesses a tax deduction equal to 20% of their income, require Congress to review any new federal regulations that add to the deficit. The plan also calls for federal spending to be rolled back to pre stimulus levels, which the GOP says will save $100 billion in the first year.

Read the document here (pdf)

Several GOP sources had told CNN there were no plans to say much at all about social issues, since the electorate is so heavily focused on jobs and spending.


GOP leaders settled on a line that states: "We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values."

This language was a late addition, according to a GOP source, after Rep Mike Pence argued that social issues should be included in this document representing the House GOP agenda.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. jo

    So, no social issues in their "pledge." Why not? Because they don't care about social issues, that's why!

    September 22, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. vic, Nashville TN

    GOP doesn’t want to talk about social issues but Tea party candidates talking about Gay marriage and abortion

    So there is no GOP candidates they from tea party

    I am really confused Tea party adopt the GOP or GOP part Tea party

    September 22, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. annie s

    "We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values." And we'll do that by taking away the Constitutional rights of everyone who doesn't agree with us.

    September 22, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. CM

    Same old GOP... "we're going to roll back spending to x levels." How exactly? What's coming out of the budget to accomplish that? They have no answer, because they have no idea how to do it and no intention of doing it even if they did as they know their voters would toss them out if they had any idea how such "fiscal responsibility" would affect them.

    September 22, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Oregon Calling

    21 pages, are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Peace :-)

    September 22, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Allen in Hartwell GA

    The idea that humans were "endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is a bunch of crock. We were given life and freedom of choice, the latter of which we've managed to misuse and abuse far too much. The other so-called rights are at the mercy of the powerful and the majority, and they almost never ask for their Creator's advice before imposing their will on others.

    September 22, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Sadie

    The republicans are going to create jobs and get this economy going.....HOW.....by continuing to give Tax cuts to big businnesses, big corporations, to the rich , letting our jobs keep going overseas.....all the while they will cut the middle class out of Social Security and Medicare, repeal the Heath Care bill so the poor and middle class will have to pay what ever the Health Insurance companies want to charge for insurance......This is the party that put this country in it's downward spiral and they want us to give them controll again? Not to mention the social issues that they are going to kill because they don't fit into their right wing religious values.....They don't have the stuff it takes to standup to the Tea Party from taking them over what makes you think they will have what it takes to stand up for the people of this countrty and do their jobs.....they haven't done it yet....

    September 22, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Gobama!

    What a bunch of idiots we have in the republican side of the house. This should be called, "The GOP's Apology to America," It is sad to think that they have no idea just how transparent and contrary to American progress their agenda is. Please, Republicans, please keep defending the tax breaks for the rich! You are ensuring that the '98%' vote the way they should! You can keep your 2% of the vote!

    September 22, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Rachel

    Do we always have to repeat history?

    September 22, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Oh, God, here we go. I can do this with my eyes closed:

    Drill Baby Drill
    Repeal "Obamacare"
    Tax Cuts for the Rich (and those corporations that ship jobs overseas)
    Drill Baby Drill
    Cut off unemployment benefits (you have to pull yourselves up by your bootstraps, don't you know)
    Repeal SCHIP (Republicans only like children before they're born, not after)
    Drill Baby Drill
    Repeal Wall Street regulation
    Rewrite the Bible
    Rewrite American History
    Drill Baby Drill
    Do away with a minimum wage (it's better for CEOs)
    and did I mention Drill Baby Drill?

    That about cover it?

    September 22, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. CanuckPhD

    Yes! Republicans, give me more tax breaks, and forever too. I'm Canadian, and I have a secure government job. Gimme more, GOP, gimme more. I don't care about Social Security (I have a well funded Canadian Pension Plan) or any other entitlements. Take my Medicare contributions – I will retire in Canada with their single payer health system. Just gimme more of my taxes back now!

    September 22, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. they call me "tater salad"

    Oh please.........Nothing more but the same ol' Republican illusion they used in 94 to influence the uneducated and the intellectually lazy in their last crusade to achieve their ultimate goal of wealth, power, and control.................And what exactly did they accomplish once they succeeded??? Nothing they promised in their phony "Contract with America" election scheme. I remember, because I was there! And for all of you mental midgets that need proof??? Just take a look around you right now and see with your own eyes, just what it got us in the end!!!!!!!!!!! Can you say the "proofs in the pudding"?? Do this country a favor and VOTE WITH YOUR BRAINS AND NOT YOUR EMOTIONS THIS NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. wwf

    I think that I have heard this bull before. What about spending rolled back to pre BUSH years.

    September 22, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Jerry D

    GOP leaders settled on a line that states: "We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values."

    Translation: If you are a Single Mother, Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, a supporter of choice, non-Christian or for public transparacy of officials in office, then we don't want anything to do with you!!!

    Yet another windbag of paperwork from the people who brought you Ronald Regan, both Bush's, John McCain and Sarah Palin. Keep on reminding me why I do not vote for your racist, sexist, class demeaning party Reps!!

    September 22, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. kay

    Threir social issues makes for a good laugh. We plege to honor families, traditional marriage(how many divorces and affairs)life (I'll tell you what you can do wiht your body),private and faith based organizations ( believe my way or the highway).

    September 22, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    LOL – I will read the PDF now but this is hilarious...

    "We pledge to honor families..." We all HONOR our families – Come on NOW!!!

    "...traditional marriage..." You're against gay marriage and most likely GAYS to!

    "...life..." We all want to LIVE life!!!

    "...and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values..."
    PRIVATE – Tea Party – Most don't share that!
    FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS – Churches??? Not dungeons and Dragons – Witches and Warlocks!!!

    Now I will go read the PDF... T'SAH signing out and ready to READ!!!

    September 22, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. rdepontb

    The Republicans had planned to disrupt news on the economy, the President's going out on the road more, and certainly any possible wins by the Democratic Congress (DADT failed anyway-did the GOP waste one??).

    I have had more than enough of their game playing and lies. Let the Tea Partiers have the GOP, lock stock and barrel.

    September 22, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. The Unsub

    typical republican garbage

    September 22, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. ron

    I think we heard this pledge a few years ago, it won't work now and it didn't work then, same old talk.

    September 22, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Papasan in AZ

    It took the GOP two years to put this together!
    And they wonder why Main Street USA abandoned the GOP/Tea Party?????

    September 22, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. guest123

    Will it be as disastrous and out of touch with reality as the last time they tried this stunt?

    September 22, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. paul

    fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me... this is a bag of BS..... the same guys who stole our wallets have come back for anything we have left. They have no skin in the game, let them take sizeable salary cuts, switch to 401k's with no employer match, have to pay 40-45% of their monthly health care premium costs 100% of dependents costs, cut their staff and office/admin and expense account costs by 50% and if they don't accomplish 75% rateing on goal accomplishment they are terminated.

    September 22, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Carol Myers

    When they were in power, they did none of those things. Why should I believe them ever again.
    Their contract with America was a lie from the beginning. When they had all three House, Senate and White House they spent money like drunken sailors, lied to us about wmd's and Iraq,s involvement with alquida. No, hell No as Boner said on the floor of the house, but I'm saying to all repubs this November.
    Carol Oh.

    September 22, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. Former Republican - Now Independent

    This will end up being more like "A Pledge to Corporate America."

    The Tea-Republicans have lost track of the fact that their constituents are the Voters ... not the Donors.

    September 22, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. barry

    Most of it seems reasonable. The question is how do you do it. The focus on jobs is new but a large part of the rest the President has been working on already. I would think if it was easy it would be done by now.

    September 22, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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