A Look At The Republican Majority: Putting Ideological Agenda Before Americans' Top Priorities

Wanted to be sure you saw this Washington Post article today highlighting the Republicans’ agenda since taking the House majority eight months ago. You’ll notice the article says little about action they’ve taken to support job creation. That’s because Republicans have been focused on passing bills that have more to do with their ideological agenda than creating jobs. While Republicans have made it clear what they are against, it’s not clear what they are for. They haven’t put forward a comprehensive jobs plan, and they haven’t put forward any credible plans to replace the Democratic policies that protect middle class families and seniors and that they have wasted taxpayer money trying to repeal.

Democrats, on the other hand, are focused on our Make It In America plan - a plan to support job creation by providing an environment for businesses to innovate and make products here in the U.S., which will help more middle-class families Make It In America. We hope when Republicans return to Washington, they’ll abandon their ideological agenda and work with us on our plan to grow the economy and help put more Americans back to work.

Key excerpts:

“If the House ran America, what would America look like?”

“It would have no more sweeping health-care law. The House voted to repeal that in January.”

“It would have no more federal limits on greenhouse gases. The House voted to ax them in April.”

“And it would not have three government programs for homeowners in trouble on their mortgages. The House voted to end them all.”

“On major issues such as health care, climate change and bad mortgages, the House has affirmed that some new fix would be needed — if it can ever manage to repeal the old one. It just hasn’t said exactly what those fixes should be.”

“‘The Republican Party is sort of united in terms of what they’re against. But there’s not a great deal of consensus, right now, in terms of what they’re for,’ said Michael D. Tanner, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and an expert on health-care reform and recent GOP history.”

“But even within Republican ranks, there is a desire for more details about the party’s vision for replacing Democratic policies.”

“Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), one of the most conservative voices in a conservative freshman class, said that the GOP had to put forward its own solutions on issues such as health care, job creation and mortgage assistance.”

“‘Being the party of ‘no’ ... is an appropriate response’ in some cases, Gowdy said. ‘It’s not appropriate when you’ve been extensively critical of someone else’s ideas’ and have none to replace them, he said.”

“‘For substance reasons, and for credibility reasons, we also need to have a comprehensive ... alternative that goes beyond saying, ‘Your plan is bad,’’ Gowdy said. If that’s the entirety of the GOP message, he said, ‘then people will be very skeptical of our ability to lead. And with good reason.’”