Washington (CNN) - Republicans' "Pledge to America" plan released last week is the first step in starting a national dialogue, a Republican congresswoman told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday, when asked why the 21-page manifesto lacked specifics.
"This isn't the Republican platform," Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said on CNN's State of the Union. "This isn't everything the Republicans want to accomplish. These are the first steps, these are priority issues that we believe need to be addressed today."
Republicans have learned from their losses in recent years and have redoubled efforts to listen to voters, Rodgers said, adding that the GOP's new proposals reflect a change in the party.
"I just think the fact that we have this pledge, it is positive, it's constructive," Rodgers told Crowley. "And the Republicans did lose their way. They were spending too much, and we're recognizing that."
The pledge was the result of numerous listening sessions with voters in recent months, said Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn. She said voters are concerned about the national debt and balancing the budget–issues that could be addressed before the November elections.
"What we do is roll the spending back, cap it, freeze the federal hiring and then start working our way through," Blackburn said.