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House Republicans’ agenda gamble

House Republicans will roll out their four-part midterm agenda Friday with the blessing of a surprising group — Democrats, who see enough there to campaign against.

Send the news: After the agenda language was accidentally released ahead of the rollout, Democrats seized on the GOP’s promise to “protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers,” as well as sections focusing on the government’s acclaimed drug pricing law. Democrats and voting access proposed restrictions.

The big picture: Still, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — who strategically disagreed with Senator Rick Scott’s publication of a 12-point GOP plan earlier this year — doesn’t share the same concerns about the document from Minority Leader Kevin. McCarthy, a Senate GOP leadership aide told Axios.

  • Most notably, McCarthy’s “Commitment to America” ​​is an outline of “vague principles,” not specific legislation.
  • It also doesn’t include some of Scott’s most controversial boards, such as recommendations to require Congress to reapprove Social Security and Medicare every five years or an appeal to Americans who don’t pay income taxes to “have skin in the game.” .
  • The aide also noted that House Republicans can more freely enact agendas and make “specific promises” because of the Senate’s 60-vote threshold: “The House has the ability to pass a lot of legislation; the Senate does not.”

What they say: McConnell showed House Republicans some love on Twittersaying that McCarthy and the caucus will “bring the people’s priorities back to the people’s house” and be a group that “really fights for American families instead of making their lives harder.”

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  • sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Republican Senate Conference. said of the House plan, “I’m absolutely for it,” and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said, “I have no problem with that.”

The other side: “There couldn’t be a stronger choice this year,” Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told Axios, “and Kevin McCarthy’s cynical ploy only underscores those differences.”

What we look at: How vague provisions translate into legislation, especially on abortion.

  • Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) noted that a “great majority” of House Republicans co-sponsor the Life at Conception Act, telling Axios, “My hope would be that this would be our legislative pursuit.”
  • Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), one of the most vulnerable GOP members of the House, said he thinks the leadership will impose a 15-week ban on the ground, and that, in the House, if not the Senate , “it would succeed, most certainly.” But he indicated he’s not campaigning for that: “I’m going to focus on the cost of living and energy… [and] the border.”

Between the lines: Other House Republicans prefer to keep abortion plans less defined until after the election.

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  • “We still have a way of moving forward with what the pro-life agenda will look like,” said Jim Banks (R-Ind.)

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