Contract from America


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