The Republican proposals deal mostly with border security issues, such as providing border guards operational control and prohibiting bureaucracies from interfering with enforcement activities on federal lands, rather than a more comprehensive approach to immigration reform.
The packet also proposes reaffirming the Inherent Authority of State and Local Enforcement Powers an apparent nod to Arizonas controversial immigration law that was recently put on hold by a federal judge.
Under the government reform section, proposals include a ban on omnibus spending bills, a mandate for open rules on any bill that spends taxpayer funds and a reform of the legislative agenda so that bills to name post offices and congratulate sports teams would no longer take up floor time.
Some of the items on the list are familiar GOP themes, such as the health care reform section that reiterates the Republican repeal and replace health care mantra. The document lists proposals advocated by Republicans during the health care debate including medical liability reform, allowing people to purchase health care across state lines and allowing small businesses to pool together to lower health care rates.
Republicans will also push the codification of the Hyde amendment to block federal funds from being used to fund abortion.
Democrats have said that Republicans promote the policies of the past and that the GOP health care plan would eliminate care for the Americans who need it the most.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.