U.S. House Republicans unveil election-year agenda

12:27, September 24, 2010      

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U.S. House Republicans on Thursday unveiled their policy agenda that includes extending tax cuts, cutting spending and repealing the new healthcare law.

"Across America, the people see a government in Washington that isn't listening, doesn't get it, and doesn't care," House Minority Leader John Boehner said as Republican leaders released their "A Pledge to America," a 21-page document which represents an updated version of the 1994 "Contract with America."

Republicans released the Contract during the 1994 Congressional election campaign. The document was considered to have helped secure a decisive victory for the Republicans in the elections: Republicans were elected to a majority of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1953 and several parts of the Contract were enacted.

"This new governing agenda, built by listening to the people, offers plans to create jobs, cut spending, and put power where it belongs: in the hands of the people," Boehner said at a gathering in Sterling, Virginia.

"'A Pledge to America' offers a new way forward that hasn't been tried in Washington: an approach focused on cutting spending instead of accelerating spending, and eliminating uncertainty for the private-sector innovators and entrepreneurs who create jobs," he added.

The new agenda was filled with proposals that have been frequently promoted by Republicans, including cutting taxes and spending, easing government regulation, as well as repealing the healthcare law that President Barack Obama signed in March. But the document failed to provide specific proposals such as how to rein the huge budget deficits.

The White House and Congressional Democrats immediately dismissed the new Republican agenda.

"It's pretty ironic that the same Republican party that has already voted against eight new tax cuts for small businesses this year and called for the repeal of small-business tax cuts in the healthcare bill is holding an event at a small business," said Jen Psaki, the deputy White House communications director.

"Congressional Republicans are pledging to ship jobs overseas, blow a 700-billion-dollar hole in the deficit to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires; turn Social Security from a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble; once again, subject American families to the recklessness of Wall Street; and take away patients' rights," a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an e-mail.

Source: Xinhua

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