House GOP quickly removes its ‘Commitment to America' shortly after making it public online

House GOP quickly removes its ‘Commitment to America' shortly after making it public online
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California speaking at the 2016 Republican National ConventionRep. Kevin McCarthy of California speaking at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Wikimedia Commons

House Republicans are set to release their policy platform that includes a critical assessment of Democrats' proposal to reduce the cost of popular prescription drugs as they propose cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

In a piece published by HuffPost, writers Paul Blumenthal and Jonathan Nicholson reported about a document leaked on Wednesday, September 21.

Per the writers' report, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) planned to announce the Republicans' “Commitment to America” agenda. However, the writers noted, "a multi-page document bearing that name briefly appeared online Wednesday on McCarthy’s website."

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Shortly after the document was released and shared via Twitter by New York Times reporter Annie Karni, the viewing capabilities were changed on the site and it became password protected. However, multiple screenshots were taken. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also took to Twitter with screenshots of Republicans' proposed platform.

Per HuffPost, "The website placed policies into four separate categories: economic policies; immigration and national security; schools, health care, and technology; and an amorphous grouping of so-called government reforms."

"The GOP document promises to 'fight inflation and curb the cost of living,' but the only policies it proposes are federal government spending cuts. It also promises to cut taxes, which could increase inflation, and government regulations," the writers also noted.

More details about the platform were specified. "The platform also promises to 'save and strengthen Social Security and Medicare,' but lists no policies to do so. In June, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee held a roundtable on Social Security where they discussed policies that would reduce coverage and cut benefits to seniors," the writers reported. "The Republican Study Committee, a bloc of conservative House GOP lawmakers, included a plan to massively slash Social Security in its proposed 2023 budget."

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In wake of the reports about the policy platform announcement, McCarthy acted as if he was unaware of the rollout. Speaking to HuffPost on Wednesday, McCarthy said hadn't seen it.

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