White House attacks Kevin McCarthy’s GOP plan ahead of midterm elections
The White House has lashed out at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy‘s “Commitment to America” as a tax giveaway that shows Republicans do not stand for the people.
McCarthy (R-CA), who stands to become House speaker if the GOP takes control of the chamber following the November midterm elections, will unveil his policy agenda on Sept. 19 in the Pittsburgh area as the GOP looks to sway voters ahead of the midterm election cycle.
MCCARTHY TO UNVEIL ‘COMMITMENT TO AMERICA’ POLICY AGENDA AHEAD OF MIDTERM ELECTIONS
The “Commitment to America” policy platform has four planks: “an economy that is strong,” “a government that’s accountable,” “a future that’s free,” and “a nation that’s safe.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre sharply criticized the proposal when asked about it during Thursday’s press briefing.
“The fact that that’s the thing Kevin McCarthy wants to do tells you everything that you need to know,” she said. “They are all for tax giveaways, and it’s a clear message that they are sending to the American people.”
Jean-Pierre said that House Republicans want to repeal the Inflation Reduction Act, which would mean increased drug prices for consumers. She also attacked the GOP as wanting to put Social Security on the chopping block every five years.
“The Inflation Reduction Act is going to lower costs for our seniors,” she said. “It’s a big win for the American people. When you think about Big Pharma, something that Democrats and congressional members have been trying to do for decades, beating a special interest group that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure that we do not do that, lower costs for our seniors.”
McCarthy’s document lays out plans to unravel the Democrats’ sweeping reconciliation bill, address inflation and supply chain problems, establish “safe and fair elections,” fight for Second Amendment rights, “confront Big Tech,” pass a “parents’ Bill of Rights,” secure the southern border, fund the police, and combat threats from China.
GOP leaders, including McCarthy, have laid out similar proposals for past cycles, including 1994’s “Contract with America” led by former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Republicans need to flip five seats to win the House majority in November, and Republicans are favored to flip the chamber despite defeats in two recent special elections.
Such an event would negatively affect America, according to Jean-Pierre.
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“It says all that we need to know about Kevin McCarthy’s agenda and how it does not stand for the American people,” she said.