Dave Brat’s Ten Principles

blind10 Commitments the Next Speaker and House Leaders Should Make per Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)

  1. Facilitate a budget that balances within 10 years and seek to enforce it through the authorizing and appropriations process.
  2. Encourage committees to advance market-driven health care reforms to replace Obamacare.
  3. Support policies that secure the border and enable interior enforcement while opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants.
  4. Urge all committees to advance agendas based on limited government, economic opportunity, and fiscal responsibility.
  5. Enforce the rule of law and separation of powers against executive (presidential) overreach.
  6. Seek reforms of the Republican Conference Rules so leadership committees better represent the American people.
  7. Adhere to the majority-of-the-majority principle for bringing legislation to the floor.
  8. Support changes to the budget process to promote fiscal responsibility, particularly regarding mandatory programs (70% of current spending).
  9. Empower committee members to choose chairs and craft reform legislation without fear of retaliation.
  10. Broaden opportunities to offer amendments and legislation on the House floor with full debate.

The majority-of-the-majority principle is the Hastert rule used by Republican Speakers to keep the GOP from disintegrating.

Balanced budget, market-driven health care, no amnesty for illegal immigrants, limited government, attacks on executive action, Hastert Rule, cut government spending–these aren’t political principles for good government, but radical policy proposals of the far right.



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8 Responses to Dave Brat’s Ten Principles

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    I’m sure to those on the right side of the aisle, these are all lofty and reasonable ideas – until the next Republican President should be elected..


  2. whungerford says:

    These ten points are actually directed at Republicans who might stray from far right dogma. Number 5 is interesting: it isn’t the job of Congress to “enforce the rule of law and separation of powers against executive overreach;” that’s the job of the courts. I think that Dave Brat might well complain of executive overreach by a Republican President depending on the purpose of the executive action. He certainly isn’t happy with current Republican leaders of the House and Senate.


  3. pystew says:

    Numbers 9 and 10 certain says a lot about how Boehner ruled. I heard others express the same thoughts in recent interviews.


  4. pystew says:

    Come to think of it, Numbers 9 & 10 indicate that the present situation with Boehner is the rank and file can NOT chose the committee leaders, craft legislation, and offer amendments. The feel threaten if they try to The structure is Top Down management–which is the essence of the Republican “Strict Father” philosophy.

    Brat and others long for the nurturing (parents) leader who feels it is important to get everybody involved in the process. The far-right conservatives don’t want to practice what they preach.


  5. whungerford says:

    The discharge petition for a vote on the Import Export bank is an example. It represents a consensus view but outrages the far right. I think they want dictatorship, but they want to choose the dictator.


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