At a House Republican retreat in Florida, party officials put together an action plan for increasingly likely midterm success.
The current minority leader and other party officials reviewed policies they plan to pursue and potential investigations to launch into people close with the Biden administration.
McCarthy has been effective as minority leader, uniting the party after a tumultuous election. He navigated a series of controversies involving far-right members, pushed Liz Cheney (R-WY) out of leadership, and negotiated through the bipartisan infrastructure plan.
He plans to move quickly as majority leader to advance the agenda before internal divisions emerge. “It’s Republican nature that they want to take down their leaders, it’s just what they do,” he half-joked in an interview at the conference.
He hopes to engage voters and encourage midterm turnout with the formal plan, which has been dubbed “Commitment to America”.
McCarthy says Republicans will introduce proposals designed to combat inflation, boost domestic energy productions, and secure the southern border. He said he is also working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to deliver a crash course on artificial technology, cybersecurity, and its implication for policy.
“If we’re able to win on that kind of agenda, then we’ve got a clear direction and a mandate to go do those things, and then building that coalition is a lot more straightforward,” said No. 2 House Republican Steve Scalise (R-LA).
In the event President Biden walls out their legislation with vetoes, McCarthy has planned a series of investigations that GOP voters have expressed interest in pursuing. The probes will focus on subjects like the power of large technology companies, the origins of the COVID virus, Hunter Biden, and Anthony Fauci.
“The base cares about base demands, ‘what are you going to do about Hunter Biden, what are you going to do about Dr. Fauci?’ They expect our committee to provide that and we will,” said James Comer (R-KY) the top Republican on the Oversight panel.