Contract with America

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The Contract with America was the brainchild of Newt Gingrich prior to the historic conservative landslide in the 1994 congressional elections. The contract included requiring that all laws applying to the country also apply to Congress, that term limits apply to committee chairs, and that a three-fifths majority be required to pass a tax increase. Other provisions included the Fiscal Responsibility Act to balance the budget and the Personal Responsibility Act to strengthen parental rights in their children's education.[1]

Left-wing critics of the Contract with America, however, referred to it by the name "Contract On America", essentially falsely implying that conservatives were trying to impose their control over America.