Contract with America 2.0


Contract with America 2.0

A campaign promise is one thing, a signed contract is quite another. That is why Republican House candidates have pledged in writing to vote on these common-sense measures, which are designed to reverse the institutional decline of Congress that has become increasingly evident in recent years. Here is what a Republican House would do:

By no later than 1/31/21:

Pass a resolution providing that no committee shall (a) subpoena the attendance of witnesses or production of documents without a clear-cut legislative purpose, or (b) deny testifying witnesses an opportunity to answer questions they have been asked.

Arrange a meeting of top congressional leaders (House Speaker, House minority leader, Senate majority & minority leaders) to discuss ways of adjusting House and Senate operations so as to present proposed legislation in digestible chunks and thereby enable members to review the details of bills they are being asked to vote on. A “majority decides” principle should apply, except when supermajority votes are required by the Constitution, but only after meaningful debate and an opportunity to offer amendments.

Within the first 100 days, vote on bills to:

ONE, commit to balance the government’s budget within 5 years, with at least 75% of the deficit reductions to be achieved by spending cuts, to be followed by a balanced budget amendment to ensure the budget would be kept balanced thereafter.

TWO, provide that if Congress fails to adopt an agreed budget resolution within 60 days after receipt of the president’s budget proposal (PBP), then the PBP will become the official budget by default.

THREE, provide that if appropriation bills are not enacted by the start of a fiscal year, then the spending limits for the sector in question will be carried over from the previous fiscal year without any catchup increases after said deficiency has been corrected.

FOUR, make all of the temporary tax cuts in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent and repeal at least 90% of the income tax credits and special purpose tax deductions that are currently provided in the Internal Revenue Code.

FIVE, appoint a special commission with a 15-month time limit to recommend changes to the Medicare system and GovCare (aka Obamacare) that will make quality healthcare services and insurance available on a more affordable basis.

SIX, appoint a special commission with a 30-month time limit to recommend changes to the Social Security system that would make it financially sustainable on a long-term basis without any increases in presently dedicated revenues.

SEVEN, abolish the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (aka FISA) and require that any further warrants in this area will be personally approved by high ranking officials with sworn statements based on their personal knowledge and belief.

EIGHT, prohibit the grant of injunctive relief by federal courts (other than the Supreme Court) that applies to persons who are not a party to the litigation.

NINE, provide that actions involving looting, arson, assault, battery, or murder shall not be considered peaceful protests and shall be punishable to the full extent of the law.

TEN, congressional term limits amendment. Let us replace career politicians with citizen legislators who also have experience outside the halls of Congress.

By the end of calendar year 2021, vote on additional bills to:

ELEVEN, eliminate the US Department of Education and make the US states fully responsible for their respective school systems.

TWELVE, give states full responsibility for the Medicaid and CHIP programs, block granting the level of federal support that is currently being provided.

THIRTEEN, cancel regulations in all areas that aren’t justifiable on a realistic cost/benefit basis.

FOURTEEN, prohibit any future regulation entailing a cost to the public of over $50 billion per year from going into effect without prior congressional approval.

FIFTEEN, eliminate illegal immigration and repurpose the immigration laws to review entry applications on the basis of merit.

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Contract with America 2.0

ONE, commit to balance the government’s budget within 5 years, with at least 75% of the deficit reductions to be achieved by spending cuts, to be followed by a balanced budget amendment to ensure the budget would be kept balanced thereafter.

Seeking the best path forward (Part 4), 11/11/19.

SAFE newsletter, Spring 2020.

TWO, provide that if Congress fails to adopt an agreed budget resolution within 60 days after receipt of the president’s budget proposal (PBP), then the PBP will become the official budget by default.

SAFE newsletter, Spring 2020.

THREE, provide that if appropriation bills are not enacted by the start of a fiscal year, then the spending limits for the sector in question will be carried over from the previous fiscal year without any catchup increases after said deficiency has been corrected.

SAFE newsletter, Spring 2020.

FOUR, make all of the temporary tax cuts in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent and repeal at least 90% of the income tax credits and special purpose tax deductions that are currently provided in the Internal Revenue Code.

The SimpleTax, November 2010.

Mid-term issues: Taxes (Parts C & D),
9/3/18.

FIVE, appoint a special commission with a 15-month time limit to recommend changes to the Medicare system and GovCare (aka Obamacare) that will make quality healthcare services and insurance available on a more affordable basis.

SAFE plan for healthcare reform is “government lite,” 4/06/09.

Restoring quality healthcare, Scott Atlas, SAFE book review (
7/16/20).

SIX, appoint a special commission with a 30-month time limit to recommend changes to the Social Security system that would make it financially sustainable on a long-term basis without any increases in presently dedicated revenues.

Campaign issues: Social Security, 3/28/16.

Socialism doesn’t work (Part I),
8/13/18.

SEVEN, abolish the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (aka FISA) and require that any further warrants in this area will be personally approved by high ranking officials with sworn statements based on their personal knowledge and belief.

Recent experience indicates that the FISA warrants requirements have not served to effectively limit domestic surveillance operations. The suggested solution is to hold approving officials personally accountable.

EIGHT, prohibit the grant of injunctive relief by federal courts (other than the Supreme Court) that applies to persons who are not a party to the litigation.

Taking a stand (William Barr talk), 12/23/19.

NINE, provide that actions involving looting, arson, assault, battery, or murder shall not be considered peaceful protests and shall be punishable to the full extent of the law.

A proper response to nationwide protests that often morph into violence, 6/8/20.

TEN, congressional term limits amendment. Let us replace career politicians with citizen legislators who also have experience outside the halls of Congress.

SAFE newsletter, Spring 2020.

ELEVEN, eliminate the US Department of Education and make the US states fully responsible for their respective school systems.

Education, policy statement.

TWELVE, give states full responsibility for the Medicaid and CHIP programs, block granting the level of federal support that is currently being provided.

SAFE plan for healthcare reform is “government lite,” 4/06/09.

THIRTEEN, cancel regulations in all areas that aren’t justifiable on a realistic cost/benefit basis.

Dear EPA: Shape up or ship out, 11/29/10.

Rise of the regulatory state,
6/20/16.

FOURTEEN, prohibit any future regulation entailing a cost to the public of over $50 billion per year from going into effect without prior congressional approval.

Rise of the regulatory state (Part D), 6/20/16.

FIFTEEN, eliminate illegal immigration and repurpose the immigration laws to review entry applications on the basis of merit.

Mid-term issues: Immigration, 9/17/18.

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