Contract from America


By: Mark Sanford, Jr., Randy Weber, Sr., Robert Pittenger, Richard Hudson, Jr., Mark Meadows, Brad Wenstrup, Nathan Deal, John Koster, Mike Taylor, Lawrence Youngblood, Dave Garrison, Mike Koffenberger, Scott Rupert, Frank Morganthaler, Jon Bruning, Bette Grande, Kerry Bentivolio, Dan Bongino, Jonathan Miller, Dan Sebring, George Allen, Al Lee, Bill Burch, Dianne Costa, Corey Roen, Joe Wilson, Sr., Dwayne Thompson, Samuel Wurzelbacher, Barbara Cegavske, Randy Hekman, Andy Barr, Jackie Walorski, Tim Wolfe, Martha Zoller, Ted Yoho, Trey Radel, Pete Stiglich, Joseph Loftin, Jr., Mark Neumann, Jesse Young, Chuck Williams, Felicia Harris, Ted Cruz, Brian Matthews, André Bauer, Tom Smith, Danny Tarkanian, Heather Wilson, Dennis Parker, Andrew Dodge, Luke Messer, Anna Trujillo, Joe Goldner, Kevin Lundberg, John Webb, Rick Tubbs II, Ron Gould, Tom Cotton, Joe Chow, Michael Williams, Lou Gigliotti, Chad Wilbanks, George Faught, David Bellavia, Chris Edwards, Don Stenberg, Ann Wagner, Jack Hoogendyk, Jr., Thomas Massie, Richard Mourdock, Kent Kingsley, Mike Yost, Pat Garcia, John McDonald, John Stahl, Chip Flanegan, Paige Kreegel, Brian Hill, Steve Foley, Dirk Konopik, Kirk Adams, Travis Grantham, Tim Huelskamp, Steve Chabot, Bill Posey, Jim Jordan, Cory Gardner, Richard Burr, John Boozman, Renee Ellmers, David McKinley, Lynn Westmoreland, Chip Cravaack, Raúl Labrador, Scott DesJarlais, Frank Guinta, Johnny Isakson, Marlin Stutzman, Jon Runyan, Tim Walberg, Jeff Duncan, Jason Chaffetz, Joe Walsh, Trey Gowdy III, Tom Graves, Jr., Pete Olson, Rich Nugent, Alan Nunnelee, Dan Benishek, Rand Paul, Steve King, Larry Bucshon, Kenny Marchant, Michael Grimm, Quico Canseco, Thomas Coburn, Nan Hayworth, Ann Marie Buerkle, Sandy Adams, Steve Southerland, Geoff Davis, Justin Amash, Mick Mulvaney, Blake Farenthold, Louie Gohmert, Marco Rubio, Randy Hultgren, Dennis Ross, Jim Renacci, Ron Johnson, Tom Marino, Tim Scott, Steve Pearce, James DeMint, Mike Lee, Bill Flores, Michael McCaul, Cathy Rodgers, Jerry Moran, Bob Gibbs, Michele Bachmann, Jeff Landry, John Culberson, Todd Young, Andy Harris, Dan Coats, Cynthia Lummis, Tom Rooney, Todd Akin, Kelly Ayotte, Ralph Hall, Bobby Schilling, David Schweikert, Rick Scott
Date: Oct. 3, 2013

We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.

Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country's sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.

Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.

1. Protect the Constitution

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.

2. Reject Cap & Trade

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.

3. Demand a Balanced Budget

Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words--the length of the original Constitution.

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution's meaning.

6. End Runaway Government Spending

Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth.

7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries.

8. Pass an "All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs.

9. Stop the Pork

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.

10. Stop the Tax Hikes

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.