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House Republicans Keep Promise on Health Care Repeal, Step Back from Others

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In power for less than one week, House Republicans appear poised to make good on their high-profile promise to vote to repeal the new health care reform law.

Legislation for repeal cleared a procedural hurdle Friday, setting the stage for a final up-or-down vote next week.

But in advancing the measure, Republicans also seemed to step back from other high-profile promises made in the Pledge to America, the document which outlines their intended governing agenda.

The Republican pledge decries the Democrats' record of forbidding amendments and open debate on costly legislation, and promises to "let any lawmaker -- Democrat or Republican -- offer amendments to reduce spending" on spending bills.

Yet rules approved Thursday for floor debate on the repeal measure, preclude any amendments blocking Democrats from forcing votes on individual aspects of the behemoth law.

"This is nothing but a gag rule," said New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone of the strict rules.

House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday there was no need for amendments or debate. "I promised a more open process, I didn't promise that every single bill was going to be an open bill," he told reporters.

Text of the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" also appears to leave unfulfilled a much-touted GOP pledge to include a "clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified."

There is no mention of the Constitution in the two-paragraph bill, though an explanation is noted in the official Congressional Record.

GOP promises to do whatever it takes to slash the federal budget deficit also seemed to take a hit this week when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that repeal of the health care law would cost $230 billion over the next decade.

Republicans have promised to "cut-as-you-go," pairing estimated spending increases with cuts to offset the cost. The repeal measure includes no offsets to the CBO's estimated cost.

House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he believes the CBO, a nonpartisan group long considered by both parties to be an impartial referee on budget matters, was manipulated by Democrats to produce a false estimate of savings in the health care reform law.

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GOP Makes ‘Pledge to America’

Photo Courtesy - The U.S. House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) – With Election Day just around the corner, the Republican Party outlined their plan for change in Washington on Saturday. During the Weekly Republican Address, House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, spoke on GOP plans to end economic uncertainty and rebuild government trust.

“These problems didn’t start under President Obama. But instead of fixing them, his policies have made them worse,” Boehner said.

Boehner stressed a new approach in Washington that he called “a governing agenda built by listening to the people.”

“It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it; making government smaller and more accountable; and helping small businesses get back to creating jobs again.”

Boehner called the plan the Republican Party’s “Pledge to American,” a path he said is also a break from previous Republican administrations.
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Obama: GOP 'Pledge' to Scrap Clean Energy Projects 'Doesn't Make Sense'

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama blasted the Republicans’ “Pledge to America” for proposing to scrap incentives for clean energy projects.

“In the pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway -- even with all the jobs and potential that they hold,” Obama said. “To go backwards and scrap these plans means handing the competitive edge to China and other nations," he said. "It means that we’ll grow even more dependent on foreign oil.  And, at a time of economic hardship, it means forgoing jobs we desperately need.”

Republicans countered that their "pledge" only calls to cancel unspent stimulus funds, not all incentives for clean energy projects.

“House Republicans’ ‘all of the above’ energy plan would actually put more money into renewable technologies, paid for by the oil industry," said Michael Steel, spokesman to House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, in a statement. "Everyone knows that the president’s trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ didn’t work, by the standards his own administration set.  False attacks won’t distract the American people asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’ when it is clear the president has no new answers.”

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Obama To Target GOP "Pledge To America" On Upcoming Trip

Image Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With just five weeks until the midterm elections, President Obama will target the House Republican “Pledge To America” during three backyard conversations on his upcoming trip. In addition to discussing the economy at each stop, the president will tackle education, taxes, deficits, and the middle class during stops in New Mexico, Iowa and Virginia. Each stop will have a different, specific focus.

The president will “talk about some of the things we’ve done in these areas and why he thinks the direction the Republicans are pushing to go would be irresponsible, would be a mistake,” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told reporters on a conference call Monday.

Despite highlighting key differences between the Democrats and Republicans, Pfeiffer was adamant that the president is not campaigning. “These three backyard visits are not campaign visits,” he said.

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Obama Calls Republican Leaders "Irresponsible"

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama prepared for a four-state campaign swing to support Democratic candidates for Congress, he sharpened his opposition to the Republican “Pledge to America” platform and his differences with GOP leaders.

“What I am seeing out of the Republican leadership over last several years has been a set of policies are [sic] just irresponsible,” the President said in a live interview on NBC’s Today show. “They propose $4 trillion worth of  tax cuts and 16 billion in spending cuts, and then say we are going to somehow magically balance the budget. That is not a serious approach.”

The president was careful not to criticize Republican voters, however, saying there's “a lot of wonderful people out there who consider themselves Republicans or independents who have maybe some criticisms of my administration but who basically recognize we’ve got to solve some big problems, we’ve got be serious, we’ve got to base our decisions on facts.”

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GOP Unveils "Pledge To America" Thursday; Dems Say 'More Of The Same'

Image Courtesy: ABC News.(NEW YORK) -- Republicans have unveiled their “Pledge To America,” which they say will be their agenda for governing if they re-take the House of Representatives in November. Democrats are already trying to paint it as a laundry list of George W. Bush-era ideas, not to mention a retread of the party’s 1994 Contract with America.  Among the key points the GOP is pushing in the 21-page document that they will introduce Thursday at a hardware store in Sterling, Va.:  permanently extending all of the Bush tax cuts; canceling all unspent stimulus spending; repealing the Obama health care bill and replacing it with Republican proposals; blocking Obama's plan to move detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.  A top House Republican told ABC News the pledge is "an important milestone showing the American people we have learned our lesson and we are ready to govern."  President Obama weighed in on the GOP’s pledge at a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday night by saying, “Make no mistake: the Republicans running for Congress, they want the next two years to look like the eight years before I took office."  Look for similar reaction from Democratic National Committee vice chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other members of Congress who are holding a press conference in front of DNC headquarters Thursday afternoon.

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