Kevin McCarthy Keeps His Promise

The House GOP is turning their “Commitment to America” agenda into actual pieces of legislation, such as the bipartisan select committee on China and the vote to limit money for up to 87,000 new IRS agents. These bills have passed despite a narrow majority. 

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced at a rally in Pennsylvania, claiming that the House would vote to defund the Democrats’ $780 billion Inflation Reduction Act now that the Republicans had taken control of the chamber. 

The House passed the bill eliminating the IRS’s extra funding shortly after the new legislative session began in January. 

The group’s plan of action from September 2022 included initiatives including supporting a “Parent’s Bill of Rights” and safeguarding fairness by ensuring that only women can compete in women’s sports. It was also decided at the conference to take harsher action against prosecutors and district attorneys who choose not to pursue criminal cases. In their plan of action, House Republicans prioritized tightening border security and cracking down on illegal immigration.

As part of the border strengthening effort, the House of Representatives voted just last week to bring back the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy and to keep building physical barriers along the porous sections of the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The Commitment to America agenda also includes measures to increase domestic energy output and update the permitting system. 

To combat inflation and reduce the cost of living, the Republican Party proposed raising the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion and cutting unnecessary government spending. 

McCarthy also established a non-ideological Select Committee on China. The agenda also included language opposing efforts to defund law enforcement, which was seen as crucial to reducing crime and protecting public safety. Attacking a police officer will be considered a “deportable offense” if the Protect Our Law Enforcement Act of 2023 is passed this week.