Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress
GOP Pledge-O-Meter Scorecard
Most Recent Promises
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PolitiFact compiled promises that Republican congressional leaders made during the 2010 campaign and tracked their progress on our GOP Pledge-O-Meter.
We rated their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we found action completed, we rated them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Pledge-O-Meter page for definitions of the ratings.)
The report card above provides a tally of all the promises.
Promises we’ve rated recently
"Bring forward a series of rescissions bills, each of which would be open for amendment to reduce spending even further."
Will require "a full accounting of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, setting benchmarks for these programs and reviewing them regularly, and preventing the expansion of unfunded liabilities."
Will "reaffirm the authority of state and local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of all federal immigration laws."
"If elected as your Majority Leader, I will act to bring each Pledge proposal before the House for a vote, including votes early in the year on keeping tax rates low, reducing spending, repealing Obamacare, and permanently prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion."
Refuse to "consider House legislation that includes earmarks."
Will "move immediately to cancel unspent 'stimulus' funds, and block any attempts to extend the timeline for spending 'stimulus' funds."
Will "roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving at least $100 billion in the first year alone."
Will "work to ensure foreign terrorists, such as the 9/11 conspirators, are tried in military, not civilian, court."
"Will require congressional approval of any new federal regulation that has an annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more."
"Work with every member of the Republican Conference to identify a spending cut that they can champion as part of the YouCut program."
"Work with House committees and schedule at least one YouCut proposal each and every week. And the YouCut program will not be limited to just discretionary spending, but will also find ways to produce savings from mandatory spending."
"Allow small business owners to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their business income."
"Consider developing a 'cut as you go' rule that would apply to any member proposing the creation of new government programs or benefits...Under this 'CutGO' rule, if it is your intention to create a new government program, you must also terminate or reduce spending on an existing government program of equal or greater size – in the very same bill."
Permanently stop "all tax increases, currently scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011."
As Speaker of the House, John Boehner vowed that he will continue to fly commercial rather than military planes. "Well, I have talked to our security folks about the security that's involved in my new role," he said in an interview. "But over the last 20 years, I have flown back and forth to my district on commercial aircraft, and I'm going to continue to do that."