Wednesday, September 22, 2010;
What Republicans would pursue
House Republicans plan to release a "Pledge to America" on Thursday that outlines more than two dozen proposals they would pursue if they won a majority in the midterm elections. The highlights:
-- A repeal of the health-care law signed by President Obama this year.
-- A spending freeze for most domestic programs, exempting some programs for seniors, such as Social Security, and others that affect veterans and the military.
-- Keeping in place for all Americans, including the wealthy, tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003. President Obama has proposed getting rid of tax cuts for household income above $250,000.
-- A ban on any federal funding for abortions.
-- A hiring freeze on all federal agencies except those charged with keeping Americans safe. (Agencies could hire employees only to replace people who leave.)
-- A requirement that Congress post all bills online three days before a vote and that lawmakers cite the specific constitutional authority that enables the legislation.
-- A ban on any efforts to hold trials on U.S. soil for detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay.
-- A stop on all unspent money authorized as part of last year's stimulus bill or the 2008 legislation that aided failing Wall Street firms.
-- A tax deduction for small businesses on up to 20 percent of their business income.