GOP Unveils New Weapon To Take Back House

( For a while, there has been talk of a “red wave” following the midterm elections later this year.

With the chances of that happening looking more and more likely, Republicans now aren’t just hoping that they’ll be able to retake the majority in the House and the Senate, they’re planning for what actions they’d take once they do.

Reports from the Washington Examiner say that the GOP, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have been developing platforms for policy by creating task forces to discuss major issues. The policy platforms include the approach to China, border security and the economy.

In total, there are seven task forces that have been created for different topics, with more than half of the House members of Republicans to the groups. Already, some of these groups have come up with either legislative text or frameworks for the policy they are tackling.

The GOP is also getting support from Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, who famously won back control of the House back in 1994 with his “Contract with America.” The Washington Post reported that Gingrich is helping leaders in the GOP develop platforms for the midterms.

McCarthy himself recently said the party would soon release what it’s calling a “Commitment to America.” That full agenda is likely to be released sometime before fall.

The same approach isn’t happening over in the Senate, where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Republicans wouldn’t release a potential legislative agenda before the midterms.

He did say, however, that the midterms will serve as a referendum on the Democrats’ performance in Washington as well as that of the Biden administration as a whole.

Among the main priorities House Republicans have said they would move forward with is passing a “Parents’ Bill of Rights.” Among other things, it would require all school districts to publish their curriculum publicly and require districts to also notify all parents if there were violent activity on the school grounds.

They would also work to hold China accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislation could possibly declassify some information that speaks to the origins of the virus, and prohibit the United States from funding research for companies that have ties to the Communist Party in China.

They want to take an aggressive posture to oversight. This would include investigations into the Biden administration’s mangling of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and immigration policies related to the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

Republicans would also tee up Big Tech companies. That could include reforming Section 230, which shields the companies from liability for what users post on their platforms. The GOP would also seek to prevent these companies from initiating any discrimination that’s based on a person’s political affiliation.

Finally, as McCarthy has publicly stated in the past, the GOP would strip some Democrats from their committee assignments in the House. This would basically be in retaliation for Republican Representatives Paul Gosar from Arizona and Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia being removed from their assignments.