GOP senators 'not on board' with House Republicans' ambitious Commitment to America: Rep. Ben Cline

"This is a House priority list," said Virginia Republican. "But hopefully, with our swift action, we're going to be able to put pressure on the Senate to adopt as much of it as possible as quickly as possible."

Updated: September 22, 2022 - 11:40pm

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Republican Senators may need some prodding to embrace the Commitment to America, a new national campaign platform developed by House Republicans, says Virginia Republican Rep. Ben Cline. 

The party manifesto, modeled on Newt Gingrich's 1994 Contract with America, serves as a road map to the legislative agenda House Republicans plan to pursue should they regain a majority in the chamber in the midterm elections.

Highlights of the pact with voters include pledges to restore economic strength, tame inflation, cut federal spending and regulations, tighten border security, crack down on crime and demand accountability from the Biden administration.

"We're excited about the opportunity to present to the American people this agenda for a Republican majority," Cline said Tuesday on the "Just the News, Not Noise" TV show. "It's going to be aggressive. It's going to ensure that we hit the ground running when voters elect a Republican majority in the House and the Senate."

Senate Republicans may need some nudging, Cline suspects, from both their House colleagues as well as their own voters to fall in line behind the ambitious activist agenda encapsulated in the Commitment to America 

"Now the Senate is not on board with this," Cline acknowledged. "This is a House priority list. But hopefully, with our swift action, we're going to be able to put pressure on the Senate to adopt as much of it as possible as quickly as possible.

"You know, they're a little entrenched in their ways over there in the Senate. So even if Republicans take control, we're still going to need the voice of the people spoken through their elected House representatives, and through the people expressing their desire to their senators directly about what they want to see in terms of change in Washington."

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