[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/20/art.sessions.gi.jpg caption ="Texas Rep. Pete Sessions said Tuesday that a blueprint document is being crafted that GOP candidates will be encouraged to sign."]Washington (CNN) - House Republican candidates will be encouraged, but not forced, to sign on to the policy blueprint being crafted by GOP leaders for the midterm elections that's being compared to the 1994 "Contract with America."
That set of promises and principles from 16 years ago is widely seen as one of the reasons Republicans succeeded in knocking entrenched Congressional Democrats out of power.
The new yet-to-be-named blueprint being crafted by the current GOP leadership is expected to be unveiled sometime after Labor Day, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions said Tuesday during a campaign briefing with reporters. Sessions is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the political wing of House Republican leadership.
"It will be a document worth signing, I predict," said Sessions, who later added that GOP leaders would not "force people" to sign it.
Sessions noted that the blueprint will provide voters with a clear picture of how the Republican Party plans to approach the legislative process. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republicans' point-man for crafting the document, is calling it the "Commitment to America" as a placeholder until a formal name is adopted.
Unlike the 1994 Contract, Republicans said this new GOP campaign document will draw from the ideas and solutions offered by voters. In the coming months, Republicans will hold town hall meetings in their congressional districts along with creating an online component to solicit suggestions.
This policy blueprint is part of a larger campaign strategy by Republicans to take back control of the House. The GOP needs a net pick-up of 40 seats to secure the majority, which Sessions said is his goal.
"Anything less, I did not fulfill my mission statement," the Texas congressman said. "I am not the least bit interested in coming in second place."