Several House Republican leaders Saturday joined forces to make the case for the conservatives' "Better Way" agenda
, a plan the leaders are championing as a way to tackle the nation's biggest issues, such as healthcare reform and reducing poverty.
The party's weekly GOP address
, which usually features just one lawmaker, on Saturday joined the forces of House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and House Republican Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins of Kansas.
Ryan explained that the ideas work in a simple way.
"We take our timeless principles and we apply them to the problems of the day, and we offer people solutions that help improve their lives," he said. "We offer a better way to secure our homeland, to produce national security. We offer a better way to give us the kind of military we need to do the job that we ask of our brave men and women serving in our military... ."
Seven out of 10 Americans don't think the country is heading in the right direction, and House Republicans agree, said Ryan, but rather than throwing "bombs," the lawmakers are offering solutions.
McCarthy, meanwhile, noted that for the last several months, the Republican Conference has been working hard to come together and find the legislation to put the plan out.
"As we go back to our districts in the next month, we not only will talk about it, we will show a better way for all Americans," said McCarthy. "It doesn’t just reach a few, it will reach all, from poverty into the lowest realms of America.”
Scalise described the Better Way agenda as containing "bold plans that can get the economy moving together" and a bold plan to rebuild the middle class.
"I think it’s pretty clear now that people know that we don’t like Obamacare as House Republicans," said Scalise. "But they want to know what we’re for, and our Better Way plan lays out a way to put patients back in charge of their healthcare, to focus on lowering costs and getting rid of the mandates that are killing jobs under Obamacare.”
Meanwhile, McMorris Rodgers acknowledged that Americans are "on edge" and want more than ever to be heard.
"That’s why it is so important and fundamental that we restore [the] people’s voice in their government and uphold the Constitution," said McMorris Rodgers. "Let’s reaffirm a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Jenkins described the plan as being composed of policies based on "commonsense principles that everyone can agree on: rewarding hard work, stimulating growth, building a fairer, flatter tax code and holding the IRS in check."
"The American people deserve a better way — and that is exactly what House Republicans are going to deliver," she concluded.
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