House Democrats on Thursday delivered a preemptive rebuttal to their Republican counterparts’ policy rollouts, labeling it an “extreme” and “cynical” amalgamation of Donald Trump-inspired authoritarianism, encroachments on key personal freedoms and traditional seepage economics.
In a conference call with reporters called Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.), who chairs the House Democrats’ campaign arm, the Democratic special election victories in vacant seats in Alaska and New York are proof that the Republican policy agenda is already unpopular.
“Voters reject the cynical reality that is the MAGA Republican movement, which is extreme and dangerous, which has taken away our reproductive freedom, which threatens our political freedom by ignoring the attack on our Capitol and making it harder to vote.” said Maloney, speaking next to Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison.
The Democrats’ frontal assault was timed to precede the House Republicans’ rollout of the “Commitment to America,” a policy framework for a potential GOP ruling majority. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other leading Republicans unveiled the plan Friday in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, an industrial city outside of Pittsburgh. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will respond to McCarthy himself with comments in Pittsburgh.
But the House Republicans’ big policy debut is already off to a rocky start. A webpage with the core elements of the plan was leaked Wednesday ahead of schedule.
McCarthy’s team quickly closed the webpage ― and the materials on it from the public reopening on Thursday. However, the triage was not enough to rule out the near-term political damage as Democrats rushed into elements of the plan they view as obligations to the GOP.
In particular, House Democrats have seized a portion of the webpage where Republicans pledged to “protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers.” Following the introduction of a state bill in South Carolina, Senator Lindsey Graham of a state law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, Democrats pointed to this section as a sign that House Republicans have a similar federal ban in store.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) speaks after winning his primary on Aug. 23. Maloney leads the House Democrats’ efforts to preserve the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Europe Times News)
“Don’t let them fool you,” said Jacobs, the freshman representative to the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, who recently toured the country campaigning in support of rocking-chair Democratic candidates. . “Kevin McCarthy has promised that a Republican majority will approve a national abortion ban.”
“We’ve all seen how dangerous the Republican Party’s war on women has been,” she added.
Jacobs went on to outline extreme cases of young women suffering from the state-level abortion restrictions that came into effect after the conservative majority of the US Supreme Court overturned a constitutional right. Those examples include the ordeal of a 10-year-old girl in Ohio whose mother had to move her to another state to have an abortion after she became pregnant from a rape.
As of Thursday night, the material publicly available on the “Commitment to America” webpage still contained a pledge to protect “unborn children” in a section on “defending the rights of Americans under the Constitution.”
It also criticized the provision of the Inflation Reduction Act that would allow Medicare to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs.
“The Democrats’ drug buyout plan could lead to 135 fewer life-saving treatments and cures,” the site says in a health policy section.
House Democrats have also interpreted a Republican pledge to “save and strengthen Social Security and health care” as a veiled threat to reduce the benefits of the beloved programs.
“They want to undo all the legislation the Democrats passed to lower the cost of prescription drugs, and they want to lower Social Security and Medicare, and their agenda will continue to undermine our democracy,” Harrison said. “They want to reverse our rights and make voting more difficult. They are relentlessly committed to Donald Trump’s big lie [that the 2020 election was stolen].”
We’ve all seen how dangerous the Republican Party’s war on women has been.Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-California)
While House Republicans have proposed cuts in Social Security and health care in past congresses, excluding restrictions on disability insurance entitlement, they have not seen any serious cuts in federal government spending during their final stint with unified control of the federal government. considered benefits for both social insurance programs. 2017 and 2018.
Democrats, instead, hope to turn a proposal that Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, submitted in February, into liability for Scott’s colleagues in the House. Scott’s plan, which has not been embraced by GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell, would require, among other things, that all federal laws be reapproved every five years. That would turn social security and health care from mandatory budget items into perpetual targets of legislative bickering.
Democrats on Thursday’s call also glossed over elements of the “Commitment to America” that are likely to have more popular traction than the policies they picked. While the “Commitment to America” is vague on the details, it includes proposals to expand “school choice”, ban transgender women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports, step up border security and crack down on progressive prosecutors.
The House Democrats’ efforts to force Republicans to account for their traditional economic agenda, the actions of a conservative Supreme Court they helped appoint, and Trump’s election denial movement reflect what some Democratic pollsters see as an effective one-two punch against the GOP. .
There is a certain amount of research that supports Democrats’ decision to associate conservative lawmakers with the term “MAGA,” an acronym for the Trump slogan “Make America Great Again.” In a new poll conducted by Hart Research for the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank, pollster Geoff Garin found that 58% of independent voters were less likely to vote for a candidate identified as a “MAGA Republican,” compared to with 12% more likely to do so. A slim majority (51%) of all voters believe that “MAGA Republicans” are “extreme”.
This article originally appeared on Europe Times News and has been updated.