House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rolled out Republicans’ priorities of tax breaks and police funding on Tuesday, the GOP’s calling card to voters as they try to wrest back seats from Democrats in a November election bid for majority control.
“Republicans helped build the greatest economy in a generation and the American way of life was thriving,” McCarthy said, flanked by lawmakers on the steps of the Capitol to present the GOP’s “Commitment to America.”
“We will do it again.”
Republicans need to flip some 19 seats to take over control of the House from Democrats. The Senate has a slim GOP majority.
“We need to double down on a commitment to God and the Constitution,” Rep. Mike Garcia of California said.
The House Republicans’ economic priorities include new tax breaks for businesses, forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans for struggling companies, 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.
They promise more money for police departments and commitments to social issues, including the right to life and access to firearms.
As lawmakers gathered Tuesday outside the Capitol, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the GOP Whip, said the party will “renew and restore” the nation.
The GOP rollout comes as House Democrats are vowing to pass a new round of coronavirus relief after Senate Democrats rejected a bill 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.
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