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Calif. Congressman Kevin McCarthy key creator of GOP proposal

Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Congressman Kevin McCarthy
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Republicans unveiled their “Pledge to America” today at a hardware store in suburban Virginia. The document promises to cut spending, reduce taxes, and repeal health care reform. The man in charge of gathering voter input and writing much of the pledge is a Californian, the deputy Republican House whip.

Republican leaders tapped Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield to craft the document. McCarthy says citizens who met at town hall gatherings proposed several ideas that weren’t on the Washington radar screen.

He says regulations coming from agencies that cost more than $100 million should be voted on by Congress, "because these small businesses don’t know if they can survive, they don’t know what’s coming through, on someone just writing a rule and putting new pain on them."

McCarthy suggested that his fellow Congress members stay in Washington to put the ideas into effect, instead of going home to campaign for the midterm elections.

"Why should Congress leave as America’s hurting? Does America really want members back in their district campaigning? Or they want to solving the problems that they have ignored for too long?"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Republican Party just wants to revive what she calls “the same failed economic policies” of the George W. Bush administration.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, says the proposal ignores the nation’s unemployment problems.

"At a time when the Republicans have engaged in the politics of saying 'no, no, no,' it’s good to see they have a plan. Unfortunately, it’s a plan that does absolutely nothing to create jobs."