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GOP releases legislative promises in an effort to reclaim control of Congress in November

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The GOP released 17 legislative promises Tuesday in an effort to reclaim control of Congress and remove Democrat Nancy Pelosi from her position as Speaker of the House. 

The “Commitment to America” contains multiple items and resembles the eight-point Contract with America that helped the Republicans retake the House in 1994 for the first time in 40 years. In the document, the GOP committed to defeating the coronavirus pandemic by tripling the numbers of rapid COVID testing and developing a safe and effective vaccine by the end of the year. They promised to expand access to affordable medical services such as telemedicine, mental health programs, and opioid treatments. The Republicans also promised to fund the VA Choice healthcare program and expand GI education benefits. They also pledge to strengthen the country’s military forces and secure the borders by enforcing immigration laws. 

Republicans commit in the document to “bringing high-speed internet to every household in the United States, launching a five-year plan to fix our roads, bridges, and airports, while cutting the permitting process time in half.” Republicans also commit to “opposing efforts to defund the police while increasing funding by $1.75 billion for better police training, community policing, and equipment, including 500,000 more body cameras.” Another one of the Republicans’ pledges includes continuing the Paycheck Protection Program, extending the $2,000 child tax credit, and ending U.S. dependence on products manufactured in China. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a press release that “Republicans helped build the greatest economy in a generation and the American way of life was thriving. We will do it again. That is our commitment to you.” McCarthy is likely to be House speaker if Republicans can reclaim a majority of seats. Democrats currently hold a 34-seat advantage. On Tuesday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House will remain in session until new stimulus legislation is passed, although such legislation is unlikely to pass until after the November election (NY Post). 

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