Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Promise Broken rulings on GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Give small businesses a tax deduction

"Allow small business owners to  take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their business income."

Require congressional approval for major regulations

"Will require congressional approval of any new federal regulation that has an annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more."

Cancel unspent stimulus

Will "move immediately to cancel unspent 'stimulus' funds, and block any attempts to extend the timeline for spending 'stimulus' funds."

End TARP

Cancel the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), "a move that would save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars."

End government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Will reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by "ending their government takeover, shrinking their portfolios, and establishing minimum capital standards," saving taxpayers as much as $30 billion.

Repeal the health care bill

Will "immediately take action to repeal" the health care law.

Enact medical liability reform

Will "enact common-sense medical liability reforms to lower costs, rein in junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine."

Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines

Will "allow individuals to buy health care coverage outside of the state in which they live."

Expand health savings accounts

Will "improve Health Savings Accounts by making it easier for patients with high-deductible health plans to use them to obtain access to quality care."

Enact conscience protections into health law

After repealing health care law, will "enact into law conscience protections for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals," such as allowing them to decline to provide abortion services.

Publish the text of bills online at least three days before a House vote

Will "ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives."

Will not bundle bills into "must-pass" legislation

Will "end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with 'must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people." Instead, "will advance major legislation one issue at a time."

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."

Reduce federal pay

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

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."

Codify Hyde Amendment to prohibit federal funding of abortion

Will codify "the Hyde Amendment so that it applies to all federal funding, whether those funds are appropriated by Congress or authorized by Congress."

Do away with the concept of ''comprehensive'' spending bills

Do away with the concept of ''comprehensive'' spending bills. "Let’s break them up, to encourage scrutiny, and make spending cuts easier. Rather than pairing agencies and departments together, let them come to the House floor individually, to be judged on their own merit. Members shouldn’t have to vote for big spending increases at the Labor Department in order to fund Health and Human Services. Members shouldn’t have to vote for big increases at the Commerce Department just because they support NASA. Each department and agency should justify itself each year to the full House and Senate, and be judged on its own."