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

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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Todd Van Noordt
1 month ago

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

Joe
1 month 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 !

John
1 month 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.

GTPatriot
1 month ago

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

GTPatriot
1 month 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
1 month 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

Ea
1 month ago
Reply to  GTPatriot

And your solution is ?

BAE
1 month ago
Reply to  GTPatriot

Yes, what is your solution?

ROBERT Miller
1 month 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!

BillC
1 month 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!

Steve
1 month 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.

grin n bear it
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

Why don’t you RUN!!!

JimG
1 month 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.

charlesw04
1 month 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.

Slick Rick
1 month 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.

K
1 month ago
Reply to  Slick Rick

I agree democrats try to destroy too much

Dave
1 month 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.

Nick Patriot
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Right you are, sir! Thats why they hated Trump. He actually got good things done. McConnell and McCarthy…..dumb and dumber…..

BAE
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Yes, you are so right. Nothing but hot air. Self-serving and nothing more.

Margaret Gunter
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

I agree.

phoenix
1 month 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.

David L
1 month 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.

BEA
1 month 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!

El Ey
1 month ago
Reply to  BEA

BEA, that’s the reason why it’s so confusing to me that we elect/hire our leaders to fight for us, but as so many have said that as soon as they get elected, they become so power hungry and greedy that these elected leaders will just look after themselves and their families.

BAE
1 month ago
Reply to  El Ey

I don’t know what to say, but maybe we do need a third party. This 1 party system with the DEMs and their demands is scary…………..but they are winning.

Dave
1 month 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.

Nick Patriot
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Right again sir!!

edward
1 month 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!!!!

Steven
1 month 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.

Terri Matson
1 month 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.

Sean Richman
1 month ago
Reply to  Terri Matson

You are totally correct.The Republicans have become wimps.They need to get some backbone and stand up to the liberal,socialist marxist democRATs.The democRATs and their destroy AMERICA agenda is the worst thing that has happened to AMERICA in all off the years that I can remember and I am eighty three years old,the democRATs if not stopped will destroy our country.

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