Compromise rulings on GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Make Bush tax cuts permanent for all incomes


Permanently stop "all tax increases, currently scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011."


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Cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels


Will "roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving at least $100 billion in the first year alone."


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Require "sunset" reviews for programs


Will adopt a policy similar to those in 20 states that require that programs end – or "sunset" – by a date certain.


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Review entitlements and prevent expansion of unfunded liabilities


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."


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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."


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Demand an overarching detention policy


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


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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."


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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."


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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."


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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."


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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."


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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."


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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."


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Freeze government pay and government hiring


Freeze "both government pay and government hiring."


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Webcast committee meetings


"Require that all committees — especially the Rules Committee — webcast their proceedings and post complete transcripts online — with obvious exceptions for those panels dealing with state secrets and classified information."

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Fund weapons research


"We will once again fund weapons’ research and development not just to meet the threats of today, but those of tomorrow."


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