Republican leaders in the House of Representatives recently released a pledge to Americans, outlining their plan to cut taxes and repeal the new healthcare law.
The GOP-written "Pledge to America" vows to create new jobs and control government spending. Conservatives hope the 21-page document will help Republicans take control of the House in November's midterm elections.
"Regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent," reads the preamble to the pledge, according to media reports. "An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many."
In response, Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said the pledge, if enacted, would be a "plague on Americans." He argued that tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which is part of the GOP's agenda, would add $700 billion to the nation's deficit.
Other elements of the pledge include a hiring freeze on all government agencies, except for the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, and a ban on Federal funding of abortion.