The midterm campaigns are heating up, and speculation about the outcomes is beginning to dominate the airwaves and news sites. Republicans are in a vastly favorable position to retake control of the House and possibly the Senate if they play their cards right. The Democrats don’t have much to run on other than Jim Crow 2.0, the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, and “everyone is racist.” But if the GOP does not manage to snatch defeat from the widening jaws of victory, what do they plan to do when they have power?
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and his colleagues have been working on a framework to sell to the American public while the Democratic Party flounders. As part of the Commitment to America, an agenda developed during the 2020 cycle, House Republicans are creating various policy platforms that deal with issues such as China, the economy, border security, and more.
The Washington Examiner reported that McCarthy “assigned more than half the Republican members to seven issue-specific task forces, and several of the groups have developed frameworks and legislative text. Other members are working on issues concurrently within their current committees.”
The GOP also has enlisted the assistance of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who steered House Republicans to victory through 1994’s Contract With America. McCarthy told Breitbart that 2022 iteration is Commitment to America.
While the GOP has not yet released its full agenda for next year, it has given some highlights. The first deals with education, especially as it relates to parents’ role in deciding the curriculum their children are taught. Republicans will pass a Parents’ Bill of Rights to this end. The Examiner reported:
“Republicans in November released draft legislation that aims to require school districts to post curriculum publicly, require teachers to offer two in-person meetings per year, prevent schools from selling or sharing student data without parental permission, and require schools to notify parents of violent activity on school grounds. McCarthy said on a recent episode of the Ruthless podcast it would be one of Republicans’ first 10 bills.”
This will likely be a popular piece of legislation – among conservatives and even liberals who are concerned about what their children are learning in school. The Democrats’ decision to defend elements of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other forms of wokeism being taught in the classroom is not exactly in accordance with what most parents want.
The GOP also plans to take a tougher stance against China. House Republicans last year indicated they would enact legislation classifying details on the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also called for preventing U.S. funding of gain-of-function research for any entity with connections to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Republicans also will seek sanctions and restrictions on visa admissibility for those with ties to the CCP and waive sovereign immunity so the families of people who died from the pandemic can sue the Chinese regime for damages.
In a move that would undoubtedly please the base, House GOP also plans to launch a series of investigations into the conduct of the Biden administration in several different matters. From the Examiner:
“Areas that the GOP wants to investigate include the catastrophic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the origins of COVID-19, the National School Boards Association’s relationship with the Department of Justice after it asked federal agencies to stop ‘threats of violence’ on school officials, and the Biden administration’s policies on the U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans have already issued preservation notices and document requests to relevant agencies and individuals relating to these items.”
In another move that will play well for conservative voters, the GOP also intends to go after Big Tech. It will put forward an agenda that would involve reforming Section 230 to keep tech companies from discriminating based on political affiliation. “Reps. Cathy McMorris Rogers and Jim Jordan released a draft discussion bill in July 2021 that would remove large companies from Section 230 protections and require them to implement an appeals process for users,” according to the Examiner.
Given the White House’s abysmal performance when it comes to immigration, House GOP is expected to make some serious moves to alleviate the impact of Biden’s migrant crisis. It has called on the president to re-engage the Remain in Mexico policy, implement Title 42, and require incoming migrants to have a negative COVID test.
Last but most certainly not least, McCarthy has vowed to strip certain Democratic members of Congress of their committee assignments. The move would be in retaliation for Democrats doing the same to Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) last year. Those to be affected: Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Most of what House Republicans wish to accomplish would please the conservative base. Some actions might actually get bipartisan support, which could be a welcome sign for an American electorate grown weary of the president’s incompetence and the Democrats’ failure to get meaningful legislation passed.
Of course, the efficacy of this new commitment is directly tied to how the GOP performs when it does retake power. It might be a decent short-term selling point for the upcoming midterm elections, but if it is going to help Republicans solidify power for the long haul, they cannot fail to deliver as they have in the past. At this point, control over the federal government is the Republican Party’s to lose.
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.