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House Democrats preemptively plan GOP’s ‘extreme’ policy agenda

On Thursday, House Democrats preemptively rebutted their Republican peers’ policy rollout, calling it an “extreme” and “cynical” amalgamation of Donald Trump-inspired authoritarianism, assaults on basic personal freedoms and traditional spinoff economics.

In a conference call With reporters, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.), who chairs the House Democrats’ campaign arm, cited Democratic special election victories in vacant House seats in Alaska and New York as proof that the Republican political program is already unpopular.

“Voters are rejecting the cynical reality that is the Republican MAGA movement, which is extreme and dangerous, which has taken away our reproductive freedom, which threatens our political freedom by ignoring the attack on our Capitol and making it harder to vote” said Maloney, who spoke alongside Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison.

The Democrats’ frontal assault was timed to precede House Republicans’ rollout of the “Pledge to America,” a policy framework for a potential GOP governing majority. On Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other leading Republicans unveil the plan in Monongahela, Pa., an industrial town outside of Pittsburgh. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is due to respond to McCarthy with remarks in Pittsburgh itself.

But the great political debut of House Republicans has already gotten off to a good start. A web page presenting the main elements of the plan has been leak ahead of schedule on Wednesday.

McCarthy’s team quickly locked down the webpage ― and the documents it contained ― from the public before reopen it Thursday. However, the triage was not enough to prevent short-term political damage, as Democrats pounced on elements of the plan they see as liabilities for the GOP.

House Democrats notably seized on part of the webpage where Republicans pledged to “protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers.” On the heels of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s introduction of a nationwide bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, Democrats pointed to this section as a sign that House Republicans have a ban. similar federal reserve.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) speaks after winning his primary election Aug. 23. Maloney is leading House Democrats’ efforts to hold the United States House of Representatives.

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“Don’t let them fool you,” said Jacobs, the freshman cohort representative for the House Democratic leadership, who recently wrapped up a cross-country tour campaign in support of Democratic presidential candidates. oscillating. “Kevin McCarthy promised a Republican majority would pass a nationwide abortion ban.”

“We have all seen how dangerous the Republican Party’s war on women has been,” she added.

Jacobs went on to describe extreme cases of young women who have suffered because of state-level abortion restrictions that went into effect after the conservative majority of the US Supreme Court struck down a constitutional right. . These examples include the ordeal of a 10-year-old girl in Ohio whose mother had to drive her to another state for an abortion after becoming pregnant from rape.

As of Thursday night, publicly available documents on the “Commitment to America” ​​webpage still contained a pledge to protect “unborn children” in a section on “advocating for Americans’ rights under the Constitution.”

He also criticized the Inflation Reduction Act provision that would empower Medicare to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs.

“The Democrats’ drug takeover agenda could result in 135 fewer life-saving treatments and cures,” the site says in a section on health care policy.

House Democrats also interpreted a Republican promise to “save and strengthen Social Security and Medicare” as a veiled threat to cut benefits from beloved programs.

“They want to roll back every law the Democrats passed to cut prescription drug costs, and they want to cut Social Security and Medicare, and their agenda will continue to undermine our democracy,” Harrison said. “They want to reduce our rights and make it harder to vote. They are relentlessly committed to Donald Trump’s Big Lie [that the 2020 election was stolen].”

“We have all seen how dangerous the Republican Party’s war on women has been.”

– Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-California)

Although House Republicans have proposed to cut Social Security and Medicare in previous Congresses, except for restrictions on Social Security disability insurance eligibility, they have not seriously considered reducing benefits for either of the social insurance programs during their last period with unified federal government control, in 2017 and 2018.

Instead, Democrats hope to turn a proposal that Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, introduced in February into a liability for Scott’s colleagues in the House. Among other things, Scott’s plan, which was not adopted by GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, would require all federal laws to be reauthorized every five years. It would turn Social Security and Medicare from mandatory budget items into perpetual targets of legislative wrangling.

On Thursday’s call, Democrats also glossed over elements of the “commitment to America” ​​that likely have more popular appeal than the policies they have chosen. Although the “Pledge to America” ​​is vague on specifics, it contains proposals to expand “school choice”, ban transgender women from competing in women’s and women’s sports, strengthen the border security and to crack down on progressive prosecutors.

House Democrats’ efforts to force Republicans to answer for their traditional economic agenda, the actions of a conservative Supreme Court they helped appoint, and Trump’s campaign denialism reflect what some Democratic pollsters see as an effective punch against the GOP.

There is a particular body of research supporting the Democrats’ decision to associate conservative lawmakers with the term “MAGA,” an acronym for Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.” In a new poll conducted by Hart Research for the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank, pollster Geoff Garin found that 58% of independent voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate identified as a “Republican MAGA,” per compared to 12% who would be more likely to do so. A slim majority (51%) of all voters believe that the “MAGA Republicans” are “extreme”.

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