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Republican Priorities: What Will Republicans Push When in Charge of Congress?

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2022
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by AMAC, Bob Carlstrom
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senator Rick Scott (R-FL).

The 118th Congress will convene in January of 2023 and with it a Republican majority in the House and possibly the Senate (undeclared races in Arizona and Nevada, and a runoff in Georgia scheduled for December 6, 2022 will determine the balance of power). On the campaign trail is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) whose grip on the Speaker’s gavel doesn’t appear to be as tight as he would like. Dozens of Republican candidates vowed that if Republicans took the majority in Congress, their agenda would include a laundry list of actions within their power and authority. So what issues will a new House and Senate Republican majority push in Congress, and what actions can or will they take if they are in charge next year? 

According to McCarthy, priority number one is repealing the billions of dollars allocated for the hiring of 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents that was included in the so-called Inflation Reduction Act that passed the Senate 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie breaking vote. “On that very first day that we’re sworn in, you’ll see that it all changes. Because on our very first bill, we’re going to repeal 87,000 IRS agents. Our job is to work for you, not go after you,” McCarthy said.

His remarks were followed up in a blunt ‘Open Letter to America’s Job Seekers’ by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) who is responsible for electing Republicans to the Senate. ”These new positions at the IRS will not offer you the long-term job stability you may expect from a position with the federal government,” Scott wrote in his August 16th letter. “Put another way: this will be a short-term gig. Republicans will take over the House and Senate in January, and I can promise you that we will immediately do everything in our power to defund this insane and unwarranted expansion of government into the lives of the American people.”

In addition to reversing the impending doubling of the IRS workforce, House and Senate Republicans are set to take over key oversight committees, and they have been outspoken about what their agenda will be once they’re in charge. For example, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who is set to become Chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee and who serves as Chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has called for an investigation of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, his foreign business dealings and whether or not the President is involved in those deals. As has Rep. James Comer (R-KY), incoming Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. “There’s mounting evidence that Hunter Biden was peddling access to our adversaries all over the world,” Comer said on “Fox and Friends” in October. “The reason we are investigating Hunter Biden is because we believe he is a national security threat. But we are also concerned that Hunter’s shady business dealings have compromised Joe Biden,” said Comer.

Other actions by House and Senate Republicans are reported to include investigations into Dr. Anthony Fauci’s knowledge, role, and activities surrounding his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as COVID relief spending waste and fraud, investigations into corruption at the FBI, and the fake Trump Russian dossier in the 2020 campaign. Additional investigations include Education Department policies and parents rights, investigations into Biden’s Department of Homeland Security and their handling of the 2 million+ immigrant crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the fatally botched Afghanistan withdrawal. Republicans are also looking at making permanent the temporary tax cut provisions adopted as part of President Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in order to help combat the Democrats’ record high inflation economy.

Needless to say, there is a lot that needs to be brought into the public square and discussed, and we know we can’t rely on the liberal media to do their job and objectively report the truth on some of the most important questions facing our nation in a generation. Republicans were making their case on the campaign trail and they asked voters to give them the power to provide a powerful check on a reckless and misguided Biden administration. No doubt, Congressional Republicans will have the wind at their backs headed into the new Congress. There is no shortage of ways for Republican to use their oversight responsibilities, subpoena power, and Congressional authority to roll back some of the terrible policies of the last two years and find out where all those trillions of dollars of COVID money actually went.

Bob Carlstrom is President of AMAC Action

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PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

Yet another repetative article on what the Republican controlled House should do in 2023 and 2024. I think everyone who was paying any sort of attention for the last year knows what the GOP leadership promised to do. Now it is just a matter of delivering results that are substantive. The time for talk is over Mr. McCarthy. The time for delivering real results is here.

Veteran
Veteran
1 year ago

Not holding my breath with the RINO Clown show possibly being run again by the Scottish Mafia family of McCarthy & McConnell. Lauren Boebert for Speaker of the House! Then again Colorado’s corrupt sack-cretin of state Jenna Griswold is now forcing a recount of Boebert’s win, even though Frisch conceded; let me guess how that might end up with her crew doing the counting …

J. Farley
J. Farley
1 year ago

They can’t have to many priorities about all they can do is slow down the spending and do some investigating of some of the nefarious, goings on by the Biden Crime family, and give lip service to the border crisis, and other actions by the Divider in Chief, McConnell saw to it that they couldn’t do any real action to save America!

Roberta Cromlish
Roberta Cromlish
1 year ago

it’s time to suboena everyone on the jan 6 Committee along with their phones and messages to determine what they really hoped to accomplish. time to establish how much the “big guy ” knesw and how much money he received from Hunters “adventures”.

AlfromFl
AlfromFl
1 year ago

If Sen McConnell goes thru with helping the democrats to set the 2023 budget, the house will have difficulty trying to impact the spending in 2023. They will have to walk a tight rope between oversight and the senate to get things done and not appear to be a do-nothing vindictive House. Let’s hope, especially if McConnell works to sign a funding document for the entire 2023 fiscal year, that the Senate will elect a new leader.

Hdrydr
Hdrydr
1 year ago

They won’t push anything. They are weak spineless geldings. They “sabre rattle” and damn little else.

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

It better include getting rid of Biden, Harris and Pelosi for treason.

Thomas
Thomas
1 year ago

The Republican party has no leadership. They have not taken a stance and stood by it. Guys like Romney , McConnell and others need to go. Stop the fade of the day as pushed by the Max Head Room talking Teleprompter networks.

teresa Ann d'alessandro
teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 year ago

what they should do is PUSH biden and his ilk out of the white house

teresa Ann d'alessandro
teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 year ago

repubs get some back bone – Trump went thru things when he said them – why can’t you take a page out of Trumps book

Patriot Eric
Patriot Eric
1 year ago

There is so much to do and so little time to get it done! I am concerned about the RINO’s that remain. We literally need to drain the swamp … both parties!

FJB … MAGA

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

Release DICTATOR Beijing biden, Communist harris, SWAMP QUEEN pelosi, Schumer, Fauci, Clinton’s, Obama, Waters, Feinstein, Nadler, and Schiff’s Tax Returns.
I DEMAND IT.

Gloria
Gloria
1 year ago

One of the first things should be taking all of the executive orders that Biden cancelled from Trump, and restoring them; and taking all the ones he has done on top of those and removing them. Get the oil wells up and running as quickly as possible (that will take some time). Start investigations on the Biden Crime Family immediately so that impeachment can be done on one of the most criminal, unelected presidents in office.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Id push these:

o J6 Comm probe
o J6 event
o China A-Z
o Big Tech censorship via Twitter aid now
o 2 tier Justice system
o Biden crime family
o Weaponize DOJ FBI CIA NSA NSC
o Wuhan virus & Fauci

Carl Reed
Carl Reed
1 year ago

Just plain dumb-on-purpose to not put investigation and legislative action against vote fraud THE FIRST priority over every other. For the Congress to ignore it is to indicate they will do nothing to save Americans from losing all rights and their republican (by law) form of government. Laws will no longer protect us from the dictates of felonious government. Vote fraud is putting thousands of people in office who are hell bent on destroying each independent city, county and state and America. Only AFTER the left loses it’s ability to keep/put anyone they want in office will the other issues become significant. TRUE Republicans (not RINOs) have nearly completely lost the ability to get into office. We are on the teetering edge of a single party (Dem/RINO) government

Patriate Henry
Patriate Henry
1 year ago

Folks, Folks, Folks. We the people, have to change it…. voting is worthless. Do we the people want to keep America. ????…do we really??????

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

Explain this: How can McCarthy overturn the 87000 IRS hires this year? The bill passed house & then approved by Senate 51/50 with Kamala deciding vote. Won’t the same thing happen this year even if Walker wins , Senate will still be 50/50 and if a tie Kamala would be deciding vote. Looks like a McCarthy smoke screen to me.

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
1 year ago

Do what is possible to reverse or reduce Jan 6 political prisoner penalties! Investigate insider trading and pass law abolishing it. Investigate everything and everyone involved in the Covid-19 shots and treatment (Fauci, big pharma, Medicare involvement, hospitals, doctors, FDA, CDC, and federal government mandates) the worst case of harm to the American public in history. The big pharma shots should be banned. They are so much worse than tobacco that was banned! All of the mass participants in the Covid-19 scam should be sentenced to prison, and depending on the severity of the crime, sentenced to death! That includes Joe Biden and his administration for the mandates! There is so much to be done to restore America to what it was before the steal by the Democrats and their corruption since!

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

RINOs stand up to vote what is best for Americans & not just straight party lines. We need some sanity back in Congress if anything is to be done for all Americans.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

Expunge the Illegal and Unconstitutional Impeachments against PRESIDENT TRUMP.
File Charges Against The J6 Committee for Unconstitutional Committee and Charges Filed For
Unconstitutional Treatment of J6
People Held PRISONER For PROTESTING.
STOP ALL FOREIGN AID.
START DRILLING OIL AND NATURAL GAS AND MINING COAL.
SECURE THE BORDERS AND DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALEIN TERRORIST INVASION.
DEFUND SANCTUARY STATES, CITIES, AND TOWNS.
FILE TREASON CHARGES ON DICTATOR Beijing biden, COMMUNIST harris, and SWAMP QUEEN pelosi and lets Not Forget
Hilldog clinton and obama.

nate
nate
1 year ago

What will the GOP push? Rolling over, getting nothing done for their conservative base of voters, and enriching themselves and their friends the Democrats.

Marc Ziegler
Marc Ziegler
1 year ago

It is apparent to me that at present, Congress and almost every other entity in politics is corrupt and dysfunctional!! Even the so-called right-wing republicans, even excluding RINO’s, have not always done a great job of policing the state. How every Democrat, everyone in the liberal media, every RINO, have looked the other way when the Justice Department illegally went after Trump, the J6th defendants, and Mom’s at school board meetings is fascism at its best. We need a total purging of weak-kneed republicans that say one thing and do another, one thing Trump could never be accused of is back pedaling, when he wanted something done, it usually got done.

McCarthy and company better do the same!!!!!

Ken
Ken
1 year ago

Once again, politics is front and center of importance instead of issues that are of most importance to the people who elect Members of Congress! Political investigations do not put food on the table, make our communities safe, assure quality K-12 education for our children, protect the border, take care of our senior citizens, and certainly do nothing to make certain we have the most powerful military in the world! Investigations do nothing more than generate headlines, and absolutely contribute zero to an out-of-control economy! Time to adopt term limits and elect members of congress that will put aside priorities of themselves and/or party priorities!

Charles
Charles
1 year ago

In reading the prior comments , I think — KEN & Marc have pretty much explained what should be done come Jan. However The House Needs To Grow A Pair & deal With These Problems , not just talk about them but do something concrete to help AMERICANS get back on their feet. Once again 2 very important things need to be done — Close The Border & Open The Pipeline

William C Smith
William C Smith
1 year ago

Citizen observers should prepare themselves for this new congress by reviewing actions, and failures to act, in previous sessions when Republicans were in the majority, had the ability to provide essential legislation and chose not to do the jobs they were hired (elected) to do. They do not synchronize themselves very well.

Terri Matson
Terri Matson
1 year ago

The Republicans will do what they always do – not one damn thing to benefit we the people. They will fail to stand up to the left, they will fail to secure the border, they will fail to get the economy functioning again and they will fail to end the horrific imprisonment of the Jan 6 Patriots.

Steven
Steven
1 year ago

Let’s be honest, there was only a loose plan to hire 87,0000 new IRS employees. A fair amount of the new funding is for technology updates. It is a great headline by McCarthy but not much more. Holding the line on spending is not near as catchy a headline.

edward
edward
1 year ago

the casper milquetoast party will do NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE! They dont have the balls and are more interested in protecting their own worthless careers; just like much of corporate america!!!!

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

Republicans talk big (conservative) in election season and then do one or two kinda sorta conservative things, like cut taxes (which won’t happen because they only control the House), then compromise with the left and sit on their hands until the next election. They may do some investigations and hold a few news conferences and accomplish nothing. I expect little else.

BEA
BEA
1 year ago

Hmm, the Republicans won’t do much. They will let the democrats and leftist get away with whatever and remain in office until they make promises and run again. SAD!

David L
David L
1 year ago

I have heard this all before from the Republicans. The Republicans will most likely not compromise on anything. The Republicans lack backbone and the voters will be upset. I marvel how Trump did so much with the Democrats and many in the Republican party against him.

phoenix
phoenix
1 year ago

They will push Money for them. More debt for us A ruined currency for us and they will not do their jobs in normal order.

No more CRs. Actual budgeting with proper appropriation bills

But no they like it the way it is. No accountability, but plenty of money for them.

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

Republicans. All talk, little action. Nothing more than hot air bags.
They say they’ll this, do that. But at the end of the day nothing will happen and nothing will change.

Slick Rick
Slick Rick
1 year ago

I actually think the repubs are scared of the Dems. Look what they did and tried to do to Trump when he was president of the US of A. They will stop at nothing to destroy the opposing side.

charlesw04
charlesw04
1 year ago

What does it matter really? When they just held a closed door vote to preserve the blight of all budget and spending bills, the “earmark”. Hiding behind closed doors for a vote that offers the tax paying public no more relief than anything the Demoncrats have to offer goes beyond despicable.

JimG
JimG
1 year ago

Blah blah blah. We heard the republican Sabre rattling about repealing obamacare when they got the House,Senate AND the White House yet here we are SIX YEARS later and Obamacare is still a fact of life….blah blah BAHH.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

All bull crap at this point. The GOP is a party for the Democrats to run over like one would a speedbump anytime they wish, and that anytime is all of the time.

BillC
BillC
1 year ago

Understandably, am seeing a lot of pessimism here, but some direction is needed to fuel any hope. Legislatively, with only a small margin in the house, not much more they can do other than obstruct future out of control spending. While it’s been said that investigations do little to address key issues, without a push towards restoration of rule of law and accountability, things will continue to spiral into oblivion. We have seen multiple election cycles where dark money basically bought enough influence and election infrastructure to sway the results. The same dark money that pays prosecutors not to prosecute criminals, to instead persecute law abiding citizens attempting to exercise basic rights and freedoms. Exposing and mitigating the dark money trail which is allowing globalists to subvert the democratic process is essential to restoring any chance for the people’s voice to rise above the wealthy individuals that control it now. While this may seem like an insurmountable undertaking, I believe Jim Jordan is in a good position to kick off this effort, which he is already planning for. Let’s hope the remaining spineless RINOs don’t get in the way!

ROBERT Miller
ROBERT Miller
1 year ago

Not a damm thing. They are already talking about bending themselves over in front of the dem-wits as they have done EVERY time over the past many decades before!

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

I too join the sentiment that the repubs will accomplish nothing

Jan-Feb will be a lot of hot air, all blow and no show, fodder for CNN and Fox
with no results. Seen this movie a thousand times. These people are all actors

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

The only agenda in DC is to bust Trump. He keeps the Dims up at night.
The Repub party is a joke. A pack of clowns. Any organized team would have
won the senate by 5 seats and the House by 50. Not these dingleberries.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

Is it possible that Joe BIden just kicked the wimp Repubs butt in the mid-terms.
Yes and he did

John
John
1 year ago

I under the disdain there is for the Republican Party right now, but what choice do we have? Do we let the dems socialize the country and take away all our rights or stay hopeful the Repubs will actually turn the country around? We can’t give up on the American way. We must fight to keep our freedom.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Impeach Biden and Harris for Treason, then Speaker of House becomes President. Cut the head off the Snake and the snake dies. Problem solved !

Todd Van Noordt
Todd Van Noordt
1 year ago

McCarthy- “The McConnell” of the House….Just as corrupt as the DemcRATs. His interests are with Special interest groups

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