McCarthy unveils the GOP’s roadmap in an effort to win back the House


Republicans need to take 17 seats to win the House, and it is less likely to happen. But McCarthy says the release of the GOP’s agenda will increase the likelihood of election day.

“House Republicans should have a plan. How can we work to help this country move forward? “McCarthy said in a telephone interview on Monday. “The basic thing you have to do is how do you defeat this virus and make America healthier?” So we made a plan there. At the very beginning, we deal with Kovid. “

The main themes of the Republican agenda are “Restore our Way of Life,” “Rebuild the Biggest Economy in History” and “Fulfill the American Dream.”

McCarthy is trying to rally his party around a unified plan without isolating Trump, which the California Republican has closely associated with himself since 2016. Trump needs to do well if the GOP has any shot at taking meaningful advantage in the House and capturing them. Senate; The results would also do much to shape McCarthy’s own political future.

And House Republicans have had some success before such schemes. In 1994, prior rape. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) And House Republicans issued a “contract with America”, which helped to increase their historic takeover over the Chamber. In 2010, McCarthy was part of the group that released “Pledge to America”, which outlined the implementation of the GOP resolutions if the House wins. Republicans secured 63 seats that year.

While the political environment is tough for them, the latest documents from the House GOP – which was prepared with input at the Republican convention, which includes more than 150 policy presentations, according to McCarthy – shed light on a mix of broad thematic strokes and specific technical provisions. was put.

“We’ve been working on this for a long time, talking about policies that will bring the country on a better path,” McCarthy said.

Yet at times, the House Republican agenda contradicted some of Trump’s rhetoric and actions. A one-page memo, for example, calls for finding bipartisan solutions to deal with the nation’s debt and protect social security and Medicare. But the federal debt has grown by billions of dollars under Trump, while the president’s executive action on payroll tax deferrals threatens funding mechanisms for both programs.

The House Republican agenda also shares many of the same themes that Trump and the GOP avoided at the Republican National Convention last month. Including prioritizing “school choice” for children; Protests in the wake of racial unrest, protesting efforts to “save the police” and calling for an additional $ 1.5 billion of federal funding for police training; And investing $ 200 billion in small loans eligible for small business through a paycheck protection program.

McCarthy appointed a China task force earlier this year and it has been resolved to implement that group’s recommendations on the House GOP’s agenda. The key to this is to improve our supply chain for important needs such as drugs, protective medical devices and technology, along with efforts to increase US manufacturing. Trump has intensified his anti-China rhetoric during his reelection campaign – notably Coronavirus has been dubbed the “China Virus” – accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of being “weak on China”.

On Coronavirus, House Republicans call for rapid testing and “developing safe and tested vaccines by the end of 2020”. Trump has suggested in recent campaign appearances that a vaccine may be ready “during the month of October”, although medical experts warn it may take months or perhaps longer.

All but one Republican voted against House Democrats’ $ 3.4 trillion coronavirus relief package in May, including laws that included federal government unemployment payments and nearly $ 1 trillion, along with new government aid for tests, schools, and small businesses. The dollar increased. For state and local governments. McCarthy defended the GOP’s opposition to the bill, dismissing it as an unethical liberal wishlist, which has given no shot at passing the Republican-controlled Senate.

The House GOP document calls for new federal investment for treatment while “lowering drug prices across the board and across the board.” Trump on Sunday issued an executive order designed to reduce drug prices, although it is unclear what impact the president’s action would have, if any.

Another important part of the House GOP’s election-year strategy is an attempt to define the Democrats’ agenda as “defunded, dismantled and destroyed”, which McCarthy has been using regularly for months. Despite running as a centrist in the Republican primary from under Trump, Biden is trying to tag the left as a puppet.

McCarthy’s memo also incorporates the priorities of the GOP platform, such as supporting veterans, giving free speech, protecting religious freedom, and securing the Second Amendment. While the idea may seem clear, reiterating the GOP’s support for such key principles could help Republicans bring Trump’s skepticism back into the fold.

McCarthy has also cited the GOP’s largely successful efforts to recruit more female and minority candidates, which he believes will help make the party more competitive in key swing districts. Lone Black House Republican, Will Hurd, is not seeking a reunion this year, and the House GOP caucus has just 13 women. But the agenda does not include any explicit mention of addressing racial injustice.

McCarthy defended the single-page memo, maintaining that it was designed to suicidate and focus on topline issues. He also argued that the document provides a clear roadmap of what House Republicans can accomplish if they win a majority, which could boost the ballot up and down GOP congressional candidates.

“It helps,” McCarthy said. “People are very clear on what we will do [in the majority] And it shows a real contrast with what the Democrats are doing.