Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Promise Kept rulings on GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Repeal small business mandate

Will repeal mandate in the health care bill that requires small businesses to "report to the Internal Revenue Service any purchases that run more than $600."

Establish a hard cap on new discretionary spending

Will "set strict budget caps to limit federal spending on an annual basis."

Cut Congress' budget

Will "make Congress do more with less by significantly reducing its budget."

Require bills to include a clause citing its authority in the Constitution

Will "require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified."

Keep "combatants" in Guantanamo Bay

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

Refuse to consider House legislation that includes earmarks

Refuse to "consider House legislation that includes earmarks."

Develop standards for the type of legislation that will be brought to the floor

Will "develop and articulate clear standards for the type of legislation that will be brought to the floor."

Eliminate congressional resolutions to honor individuals and groups

"Eliminate expressions of appreciation and recognition for individuals, groups, events, and institutions."

Consider designations and namings of post offices and other federal buildings only one day each month

"Consider designations and namings of post offices and other federal buildings only one day each month."

Boehner will fly commercial

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."

Approve pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea

Immediately approve pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

Develop a 'cut as you go' rule

"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."

Handle commemorative moments and special honors during special orders and one-minute speeches

"Consider taking all these commemorative moments and special honors, and handle them during special orders and one-minute speeches... With all the challenges facing our nation, it is absurd that Congress spends so much time on naming post offices, congratulating sports teams, and celebrating the birthdays of historical figures. Now, I know the drill: members get good press opportunities back home and leaders get cover while stalling on the people’s priorities. But often these resolutions are poorly drafted, or duplicative of previously considered bills. And under both parties they’ve received little or no oversight. It’s my view that we should consider taking all these commemorative moments and special honors, and handle them during special orders and one-minute speeches"

Update nuclear warheads

"And we will update our nuclear warheads."