In January I wrote in The Hill that after our losses last November, House Republicans "must recommit to the principles of limited and accountable government." Here we are, seven months into the 110th Congress, and I'm pleased to report we're doing just that.
Republicans are working together to earn back the majority by first earning back the trust of the American people. And while Democrats are divided and breaking their promises on issue after issue, House Republicans have repeatedly spoken with one voice.
Whether it has been opposing tax hikes on middle class families, protecting the rights of workers, demanding more transparency and accountability in federal spending, or exposing flaws in Democratic legislation by passing 14 GOP motions-to-recommit in just seven months, House Republicans have stood unified.
Republicans stood united against the Democrats' planned $392 billion dollar tax hike - the largest in American history - on middle class families and small businesses. Instead, we rallied around a proposal to balance the federal budget within five years without raising taxes. And while the majority has completely ignored the coming tsunami in entitlement spending - demonstrated again recently on a vote to create nine new costly entitlements - Republicans offered a real proposal to stop the raid on the Social Security surplus.
Republicans were united in opposing a Democratic ploy to forcefully boost Big Labor's numbers at the expense of the workers they claim to represent. American workers have the right to decide for themselves whether to unionize; they shouldn't have the decision forced on them by overzealous union bosses and their well-heeled friends in the Democratic Party. The American people fundamentally believe in the secret ballot, and that's why this payoff to Big Labor will not become law. A united Republican conference also forced Democratic leaders to abandon a plan to load billions of taxpayer dollars into slush funds for secret earmarks. By standing up for taxpayers who deserve to know where Washington is spending their hard-earned dollars, we succeeded in restoring the 2006 Republican earmark reforms to appropriations bills. But Democratic leaders will continue to face a united Republican conference; we won't stop until those rules are applied to authorization and tax bills as well.
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