Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress

Pass 'clean' military spending bills

Troop funding bills "will not be held up by unrelated policy changes, or extraneous domestic spending and pork-barrel projects."

Keep "combatants" in Guantanamo Bay

Will keep terrorist combatants in Guantanamo Bay, not in local jails or courtrooms.

Demand an overarching detention policy

Will "work to ensure foreign terrorists, such as the 9/11 conspirators, are tried in military, not civilian, court."

Oppose extending "Miranda Rights" to foreign terrorists

Will "oppose all efforts to force our military, intelligence and law enforcement personnel operating overseas to extend 'Miranda Rights' to foreign terrorists."

Fully fund missile defense

Will "work to ensure critical funding is restored to protect the U.S. homeland and our allies from missile threats from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea."

Require tough enforcement of sanctions against Iran

Will "work to ensure the government aggressively and effectively implements the sanctions (against Iran) with the tools Congress has provided."

Establish operational control of the border

Will "ensure that the Border Patrol has the tools and authorities to establish operational control at the border and prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from interfering with Border Patrol enforcement activities on federal lands."

Work with state and local officials to enforce immigration laws

Will "reaffirm the authority of state and local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of all federal immigration laws."

Strengthen visa security

Will "require the Department of Homeland Security to review all visa applications at high-risk consular posts and prevent aliens from attempting to avoid deportation after having their visas revoked."

Increase access to domestic energy sources

Will "fight to increase access to domestic energy sources and oppose attempts to impose a national 'cap and trade' energy tax."

Oppose "cap and trade"

Will "fight to increase access to domestic energy sources and oppose attempts to impose a national 'cap and trade' energy tax."

Oppose "card check"

Will "oppose 'card check' schemes that (make it easier to join unions and) put Washington union bosses before individuals’ right to a secret ballot."

Bring every Pledge to America proposal before the House for a vote

"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."

Reduce federal pay

"We will bring federal pay scales that have become so exaggerated into line with market rates."

Conduct an immediate and comprehensive review of existing and proposed government rules, regulations and statutes

"Conduct an immediate and comprehensive review of existing and proposed government rules, regulations, and statutes that impose additional, unnecessary costs on employers and job creators."

Vote on budget-cutting bills

"Bring forward a series of rescissions bills, each of which would be open for amendment to reduce spending even further."

Schedule at least one YouCut proposal every week

"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."

Have every member of the House Republican conference champion a YouCut program

"Work with every member of the Republican Conference to identify a spending cut that they can champion as part of the YouCut program."

Refuse to consider House legislation that includes earmarks

Refuse to "consider House legislation that includes earmarks."

Block funding for implementation of health care bill

Block "funding for implementation" of the health care bill," and block "the issuance of the regulations necessary to implement it." Use "every tool at our disposal to achieve full repeal of ObamaCare."