Republican leaders have assembled a list of priorities they will investigate if they win majorities in the House, Senate, or both following the November midterms.
Included on the list: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the FBI, and the horrid situation along the U.S. border with Mexico.
“One investigation will focus on what caused the COVID-19 virus breakout and how the U.S. government handled it,” The Washington Examiner reported.
“A focus will be on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s virus czar who has sometimes given conflicting advice and warred with former Trump administration officials. ‘Fauci will have his own parking space at the Capitol,’ said one top Republican member,” the report continued.
Also, look for probes into the FBI’s handling of the 2017 shooting of Republican lawmakers who were practicing for the annual congressional softball game, an incident involving a Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supporter that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) severely wounded and near death.
Also, they will launch probes into President Joe Biden’s opening of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The report added:
- It won’t be a filibuster-proof majority, but Republican congressional leaders are hoping the midterm elections will give the GOP one to three more seats in the Senate. In the House, the GOP needs only to flip four seats, and they are hoping for 30.
- At the end of August, Republicans will be presenting their “Commitment to America,” listing election and governing priorities. Topping the list will be beating inflation, fighting crime, and cutting gas prices.
- Democrats are pushing Biden to announce his reelection plans right after the midterm elections in November. Their goal is both to quiet party grumbling about his poor polling and put potential challengers on notice.
Last summer, former President Donald Trump met with GOP leaders to plot the path back to the majority.
Republican Study Committee chair Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and members of the caucus’s leadership discussed strategy and other relevant topics with an eye toward Democrat’s thin majority in the House, along with an evenly-divided Senate.
“We talked for most of the time about the work that the Republican Study Committee is doing to define the agenda for the future course of the Republican Party, which is fighting for the Trump agenda,” Banks told the New York Post.
“We talked about our election integrity bill, The Save Democracy Act, which he was very supportive of and we talked about what we’ve done to define immigration moving forward,” Banks added.
“We spent nearly two hours with the President with President Trump who’s in great spirits,” Banks noted further, adding that the focus was on reviving the former president’s policy agenda.
“We believe we take back the majority by focusing on the Trump agenda, and President Trump plays a big role in that,” Banks continued. “He’s obviously planning to go out and hit the road and campaign for candidates who share our vision, and we were excited to talk to him about that.”
“I can say that members of our group are very encouraging and if not encouraging him to run in 2024, encouraging him to continue to communicate with American people and engage with the American people,” said the Indiana Republican.