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Republicans are making their final argument to voters six weeks before the midterm congressional elections with a campaign manifesto designed to show they're listening to an angry public and focused on creating jobs.
GOP lawmakers on Thursday were to roll out their "Pledge to America" - a 21-page document filled with familiar proposals to slash taxes and spending and cut down on government regulation, as well as repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and end his stimulus program.
With polls showing voters disenchanted with Obama, worried about the economy and mad at elected officials, the agenda also vows to change the way Congress works - requiring every bill to cite its constitutional authority, for example, and to be made public for three days before a vote.
The plan steers clear of specifics on important issues, such as how it will "put government on a path to a balanced budget." It omits altogether the question of how to address looming shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare, which account for a huge portion of the nation's soaring deficit, instead including a vague promise: "We will make the decisions that are necessary to protect our entitlement programs."