New Contract With America Nearly Done; Candidates Won't Sign It

Editor’s Note – Playing off the tea party movement’s Contract from America, the GOP has created it’s own contract, which is sure to draw intense scrutiny from those within the movement.

As it states in the story below, the lawmakers will not be asked to sign this Contract with America.  This is surely an attempt to avoid any controversy over who will or will not sign, as we have seen with the tea party contract.

This effort seems to be an attempt to re-invent the wheel, although, we should withhold judgement until we see the final product.  Nonetheless, it seems to come down to control, which is a characteristic out elected officials have in abundance.


New Contract With America Nearly Done; Candidates Won’t Sign It

By Molly K. Hooper and Bob Cusack
The Hill

Republicans will not sign the new “Contract with America,” and GOP candidates won’t be invited to the document’s unveiling, unlike in 1994.

Sixteen years ago, more than 300 Republican congressional candidates marched up the Capitol steps to sign the original pledge, which called for fiscal responsibility, term limits and a crackdown on crime.

But this year, according to several sources, candidates will not be asked to attend — because the new Contract is being pushed as a governing effort rather than an electoral one.

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for the effort, stressed that the new Contract will be a guide for how Republicans would run the House and said signing such a document is not necessary.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is playing a leading role in the formulation of the Contract, said, “This is a government document. We’re writing these bills now. Candidates are out campaigning. This is about legislation — doing it right now.”

The decision not to have Republican candidates at the official release of the Contract comes as the GOP is wrestling with how to deal with the Tea Party. The movement has helped Republicans generate turnout in primaries, but it has also defeated establishment candidates in the GOP, most recently Rep. Michael Castle (Del.).

Whatever Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) releases this year, it is likely that some Tea Party favorites will say the 2010 Contract falls short.

It is unclear what will be in the new Contract, though the new healthcare reform law, taxes, national security and government regulations are likely to be addressed. Congressional term limits are unlikely to be in the 2010 Contract.

A leadership aide told The Hill that GOP members will take time this week to compare notes before a final product will be ready.

In an interview earlier this year, Boehner indicated that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is not involved in writing the new Contract. And while some Senate Republicans have expressed interest in the document, the new Contract will mostly be written by House GOP leaders.

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