House GOP unveils tax cuts, police funds in election agenda

In this image from video, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during the fourth night of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)

WASHINGTON — House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy rolled out Republicans’ priorities of tax breaks and police funding Tuesday, the GOP’s calling card to voters as they try to wrest back seats from Democrats in a long-shot November election bid for majority control.

Republicans campaigning alongside President Donald Trump are promising to restore the country to the way it was before the COVID-19 crisis hit, tapping into the same themes of health care and infrastructure investment that have been mainstays of the Democratic platform. They’re also taking a page from Trump’s playbook by portraying Democrats as aligned with the racial injustice protests in American cities, vowing a tougher approach.

“Republicans helped build the greatest economy in a generation and the American way of life was thriving,” said McCarthy, flanked by lawmakers on the steps of the Capitol, to present the “Commitment to America.” He said, “We will do it again.”

Republicans are bracing for a tough campaign for control of Congress in the fall, needing to flip some 19 seats to take over control of the House from Democrats. The Senate has a slim GOP majority that’s at risk.

The GOP rollout comes as House Democrats are vowing to try again to pass a new round of coronavirus relief after a Senate bill collapsed last week. Democrats said late Monday at the Capitol that leadership would consider extending the legislative session into October if a new aid bill could be approved.

House Republicans typically present their own priorities for the campaigns, dating back 30 years to then-leader Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.” But it’s especially important this year after the broader Republican Party under Trump declined to present a GOP platform at the Republican National Convention.

“We need to double down on a commitment to God and the Constitution,” said Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif.

The House Republicans’ economic priorities include new tax breaks for businesses, forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans for companies struggling during the coronavirus shutdown, and making the 2017 GOP tax cuts for families permanent.

To fight the virus outbreak, Republicans call for tripling COVID-19 testing and investing in therapeutics for treatments. Taking a page from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, they vow to preserve insurance coverage for those with pre-existing health conditions — even though Republicans are suing to end health care coverage under the 2010 law.

They promise more money for police departments and commitments to social issues, including abortion rights and access to firearms.

As lawmakers gathered Tuesday outside the Capitol, the No. 2 GOP leader, Rep. Steve Sclaise, R-La., the GOP Whip, said, the party will “renew and restore” the nation.

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doitforahobby

I get tired of the same people on here everyday giving their opinions to each other. Instead of being the problem why don't you be the solution to solving the problem instead of trying to convince everyone that you are the one who is right. Too much Freedom is as bad as not having enough Freedom. My mother taught me not to discuss politics or religion which I think would be good advice for all of you without having to mention names on here. It gets old after awhile reading comments with the same people on here bickering back and forth like little school kids.

DickD

Tax breaks for the billionaires and large corporations. Destroying Obamacare with no relacement, failing to deal.with the Corona virus and lying about it, inciting riots and blaming it on the Democrats, failing to pass legislation to help those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Inheriting a healthy economy that is now destroyed. Oh it is all the Democrats fault because we all know Trump wouldn't lie. Even though as a youth he got a doctor to lie about having bonespurs. Even tho it never bothered him as a athlete. How about calling those, in the military

captured or killed suckersand losers

Let's not forget the lies about revealing his taxes fraud Trump U., and the Impeachment where the Republicansbailed Trump out of all of his corruption.

Greg F

So, which set of bazillionaires are they going to do a tax giveaway for now?

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