GOP set to unveil 'governing agenda'

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, has called a members-only meeting Wednesday night to review and discuss a draft of the House GOP's "new governing agenda" document, just hours before it is to be unveiled at an event Thursday morning in Virginia.

Last-second changes have not been ruled out to the document, which some in the GOP have described as comparable to the Contract With America that Republicans rode to power in 1994.

The document covers five categories -- jobs, spending, healthcare, national security and government reform -- with four or five items then listed under each. Officials declined Monday to release exact language.

"At a conference this Wednesday evening, leadership will be presenting a draft of the agenda -- the result of a months-long process of engagement with the American people as well as a series of open member meeting on the topic," Boehner announced in an e-mail to members this morning.

"The purpose of this [Wednesday GOP conference] meeting is to make sure members are comfortable with this governing agenda," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who has been leading the effort to come up with such a document.

Its development has been part of the "America Speaking Out" outreach that House Republicans launched on Memorial Day. As McCarthy has described it, the aim was to get public input through town halls and other events for a list of ideas or policies they could use, if they regain the majority in November, to lead "more responsibly than both Democrats and previous Republican Congresses."

Members and GOP House candidates will not be called on to sign the document as they did with 1994's "Contract."

But so tight has been information about the final product that copies of the draft document won't be available for members to read until 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Boehner's meeting room, prior to the conference dinner set for 6:15 p.m., according to Boehner's e-mail.

The release of the document is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, after a small-business roundtable event at a hardware store in Sterling, Va. Boehner, McCarthy and other leaders and members will attend that event.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.