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Tom DeLay: De Blasio's Liberal 'Contract With America' Unconstitutional

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:40 PM

The "progressive" Contract with America outlined by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will spark a debate, but ultimately won't pass constitutional muster, former Rep. Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

The Texas Republican said de Blasio's use of the term was flattering to himself and others in the GOP who crafted their own conservative "Contract with America" in 1994 that helped sweep Republicans into office and in control of both chambers of Congress.

"This is just a great opportunity for a masterful debate in the country between progressivism and constitutionalism," DeLay told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth, who was a freshman member of Congress when he signed the 1994 contract.

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The progressives are not trying to hide their socialism, and that's going to force the Republicans to answer it, DeLay said.

Former GOP Rep. Bob Walker of Pennsylvania said de Blasio and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are listing their ideas, but are not offering specific legislation they would introduce if elected — unlike the GOP in 1994.

"We told the American people not only what we stood for, but we said here's the legislation to implement what we stand for," Walker said. "Then when we took control in Washington, we actually went about passing the exact pieces of legislation that we told the American people that we were going to take up."

De Blasio's plan includes universal prekindergarten and a $15 minimum wage.

"I just want to say that in looking at the 15 points, not one of them is constitutional," DeLay said. "It is going to be a constitutional debate, because all the Republicans have to say is they all sound really good, but it's not constitutional."

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