House Republicans typically present their own priorities for the campaigns, dating back 30 years to then-leader Newt Gingrich's “Contract with America.” But it's especially important this year after the broader Republican Party under Trump declined to present a GOP platform at the Republican National Convention.
“We need to double down on a commitment to God and the Constitution,” said Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif.
The House Republicans' economic priorities include new tax breaks for businesses, forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans for companies struggling during the coronavirus shutdown, and making the 2017 GOP tax cuts for families permanent.
To fight the virus outbreak, Republicans call for tripling COVID-19 testing and investing in therapeutics for treatments. Taking a page from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, they vow to preserve insurance coverage for those with pre-existing health conditions — even though Republicans are suing to end health care coverage under the 2010 law.
They promise more money for police departments and commitments to social issues, including abortion rights and access to firearms.
As lawmakers gathered Tuesday outside the Capitol, the No. 2 GOP leader, Rep. Steve Sclaise, R-La., the GOP Whip, said, the party will "renew and restore” the nation.