GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress

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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

Vote on budget-cutting bills

The Promise:

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

Update: New House majority held a five-day vote-a-thon on spending cuts

Review entitlements and prevent expansion of unfunded liabilities

The Promise:

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."

Update: House Republicans prevent expansion of ‘unfunded liabilities’

Work with state and local officials to enforce immigration laws

The Promise:

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

Update: House Republicans support state and local help enforcing immigration laws

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

The Promise:

"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."

Update: House Republicans voted on their priorities again and again

Refuse to consider House legislation that includes earmarks

The Promise:

Refuse to "consider House legislation that includes earmarks."

Update: GOP approved earmark ban for 112th Congress and re-upped for 113th

Cancel unspent stimulus

The Promise:

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

Update: Stimulus payments have chugged on

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

The Promise:

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

Update: Spending has risen or fallen, depending on the year you're comparing to

Demand an overarching detention policy

The Promise:

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

Update: Republicans push for military custody of terror suspects; Obama pushes back

Require congressional approval for major regulations

The Promise:

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

Update: Measure passed the House, died in the Senate

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

The Promise:

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

Update: Many Republicans, but not all, pushed ideas

Schedule at least one YouCut proposal every week

The Promise:

"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."

Update: YouCut proposals got substantial attention in House

Give small businesses a tax deduction

The Promise:

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

Update: House passed bill that died in Senate

Develop a 'cut as you go' rule

The Promise:

"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."

Update: House GOP exchanges 'PAYGO' for 'CUTGO'

Make Bush tax cuts permanent for all incomes

The Promise:

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

Update: Fiscal cliff deal extends low rates, but not for everybody

Boehner will fly commercial

The Promise:

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."

Update: No evidence of military travel