Congressman Kevin McCarthy told a group of Porterville Rotarians that the American people have the power to set the course of the nation, but they will need to come together first.
McCarthy, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, touched on a number of topics Tuesday during at talk at the Noon Rotary Club, but his theme was getting the nation back on track.
“This country has become too divided, too partisan,” admitted the Bakersfield Republican.
He cited both Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, both Republican presidents, and what advice they may give today.
“Lincoln would tell us to believe in the exceptionalism of this country and the power rests with all of us,” he said, adding, “There’s problems out there, but don’t be afraid to solve them.”
He said Reagan would tell his fellow Republicans to not be so angry and be “happy conservatives.” He said Reagan would remind people that “Peace without freedom is meaningless.”
McCarthy said much of the nation’s troubles today can be attributed to stagnant economic growth, but admitted that both parties are to blame and many issues go back longer than President Barack Obama.
“We need to be more about policy than personalties,” he said of the House of Representatives.
He said today the Middle Class is worth less than eight years ago and that lack of economic growth has stirred strong feelings among the American people. He suggested to bring growth the tax system needs to be changed and regulations on businesses need to be reduced.
“We have agencies doing things they were not created to do,” he said, adding the House just passed legislation to require new regulations go to them for a vote before being enacted.
He said a new approach must be taken to curb growing poverty in the nation.
“We’ve had five decades of the war on poverty. Maybe we should take a different approach,” he said.
On other topics:
Water: Said the water bill is now in Appropriations and when Congress goes back in session he’ll add a California water bill. “We’ve got to stop the water from going out to the ocean. We’ve got to bring that water down here,” he said.
Foreign policy: Saying that it seems “America has taken a step back,” he said more investment must be made in the military and America needs to be strong again.
Obamacare: He said the Republicans need to articulate how they would change the Affordable Care Act.
Election: Said he felt the GOP will retain control of the House, but said “there’s no telling in the Senate.” He added this has been a very different election year.
Clinical trial to begin amid looming valley fever epidemic
On the eve of what could be the worst year for valley fever cases since the so-called Great Epidemic of the early 1990s, national healthcare leaders announced Thursday the start of a clinical trial to gain more insight into the effectiveness of early treatment.
The trial, involving the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Duke University and Kern Medical Center, is the first major research study to come out of a national valley fever symposium Congressman Kevin McCarthy hosted here in 2013.
“We’ve never had a trial to know the best way to treat somebody when they had valley fever," McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, said during a press conference at KMC announcing the study's kickoff. "This trial could not come soon enough."
The study will run over 72 months and require 1,000 adults exhibiting signs of pneumonia to participate. Half of those individuals will be given Fluconazole, a medication used to treat other fungal ailments but commonly given to valley fever patients without careful study of its effectiveness. The remainder will receive placebos.
The most severe cases of valley fever stem from lack of early treatment, said Dennis Dixon, chief of the NIH bacteriology and mycology branch. Valley fever is frequently misdiagnosed, he added. Scores of survivors say their valley fever was initially diagnosed as the flu, then pneumonia, with weeks passing before a doctor discovered it’s something more serious.
McCarthy and healthcare leaders urged those experiencing signs of valley fever to have their doctors sign up with KMC for the FLEET trial, short for Fluconazole as Early Empiric Treatment.
“If you participate, not only could you be treated better, but we could identify it sooner, minimize it," McCarthy said. "Think what you’re going to do for the future generations here. For your grandchildren, for your children, for the future opportunities."
Valley fever, which infects thousands of people every year throughout the southwest United States, has long received little national attention and funding. McCarthy is largely credited with securing the $5 million for the clinical trial, a significant victory as more prominent international diseases, like the Zika virus, tend to nab more funding and attention.
“What (they’ve) done is make a very small concentrated area visible on the national stage,” state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, said Thursday, praising McCarthy and national healthcare leaders. “So if we fail, if we are unable to enroll enough of all kinds of people who are suffering from this in the trial, we will fall off that national stage."
Raising awareness of the disease, which is contracted by breathing cocci fungal spores swept into the air, has been a challenge even in endemic regions. Those speaking Thursday said they will raise the awareness needed to enroll trial participants by flooding other San Joaquin Valley hospitals, physicians' offices and clinics with materials promoting participation.
“Just by conducting the trial, we have the ability to increase that awareness,” Dixon said.
It’s a coincidence that the trial kick-off, which has been years in the making, is occurring during what experts predict could be the worst year for valley fever since the Great Epidemic of the early 1990s.
That alone should drive trial enrollment, experts said.
In as long as health officials have been tracking valley fever in Kern County, no year has seen as many infections, or led to as many deaths, as 1992. Roughly 3,342 people were diagnosed with the disease, 25 of whom died. This year, one has died and more than 890 cases had been reported to the state public health data system through June.
Royce Johnson, a Kern Medical Center doctor who has studied valley fever for years, likened the looming epidemic to the one Kern County saw in 1992.
“From our perspective, this has already been the worst year. We’ve already had a death, have another in ICU — that could be a year’s worth right there,” Johnson said. "So by accident, we designed this study to start at a very appropriate moment in history."
BAKERSFIELD, CA – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Owen, who was fatally shot today in the line of duty:
“Judy and I are saddened by the news that Sergeant Steve Owen has died today in the line of duty. Our prayers are with Sergeant Owen’s family and our law enforcement community during this incredibly difficult time. The men and women who serve and protect our communities represent the best of who we are. They repeatedly respond to threats to our public safety by rejecting instinct and running toward harm’s way. Today, Sergeant Owen was keeping our Lancaster community safe when he was fatally shot. We must all come together to support Sergeant Owen’s family and honor all of law enforcement.”
BAKERSFIELD, CA – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released a statement commemorating the seventy year anniversary of the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. McCarthy also issued a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
“For seven decades NASA Armstrong has served as the testing ground for American exceptionalism. What started as a remote location to achieve supersonic flight has become the center of aeronautical innovation. The boundaries to manned and unmanned flight have proven to be no match for the ingenuity and pioneering spirit in the Mojave Desert. The results have benefited not only our country, but all of mankind. We are grateful to all the men and women who have followed the trailblazing vision of Hugh Dryden and Neil Armstrong and commemorate their continuing endeavor to maintain American superiority in aeronautics.”
BAKERSFIELD, CA – Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold a forum in Bakersfield for students in the 23rd Congressional District interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies on Saturday, October 29, 2016.
“Our nation’s Service Academies provide our students with the opportunity to obtain an excellent education and also equip our young people with the skills to become great leaders,” said Congressman McCarthy. “I am proud that every year, many of our communities’ students choose to attend one of them. This forum offers students and parents the chance to learn more about the application process, academy life and career opportunities within the various branches of the military. I encourage anyone who is interested to come out and learn more.”
The application process to receive a congressional nomination to one of the five academies will be presented, in addition to briefings and video presentations by Congressman Kevin McCarthy and the Service Academy Liaison Officers.
Academy Liaison Officers from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, will provide information on life at an academy. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy offers appointments solely on the basis of a nationwide merit-based competition, and there is no congressional nomination required.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers
1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
RSVP by calling the Bakersfield Office at 661-327-3611 or email RSVP.McCarthy@mail.house.gov
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor in favor of H.R. 6007, legislation he sponsored to promote commercial spaceflight.
The House passed this bill unanimously (425-0) last night.
Full remarks are below or watch online here.
“I thank the speaker.
“The exploration of space has long united this country. Every American—rich or poor, living in cities or in the great rural areas that make up our country—can look to the moon knowing that American astronauts planted our flag there. Every time we look up into space, we have something to be proud of. But we know our journey has only just begun.
“Mr. Speaker, not too long ago commercial spaceflight was disregarded as some distant pipedream of the future. But today, thanks to innovation in places like Mojave, California, commercial spaceflight and the spaceports they take off from are at the epicenter of space exploration.
“These are the places leading in our journey to the great unknown. But as commercial space has ventured into the future, government policy has not kept up. We need to ensure government allows commercial spaceflight to succeed by updating laws to reflect changing circumstances.
“Similar to airports, for our spaceports to function we need to prioritize safety and minimize the risk of structures interfering with the flight path of spacecraft on launch or reentry. The legislation I introduced that we are voting on today gives the FAA the authority they now lack to examine whether structures being built near spaceports will obstruct spaceflight.
“With this, those leading our journey into space can remain confident that nothing back on earth will be slowing them down.
“I yield back.”
Most space ports are located at existing airports, such as Mojave Air and Space Port, which is classified as a “ General Aviation” airport.
Because of this, the FAA is limited to the metrics prescribed for studying potential structural obstructions to general aviation airports and aircraft, and is unable to take into account the unique trajectories of suborbital vehicles.
What this legislation does:
H.R. 6007 would give the Secretary of Transportation the authority to conduct aeronautical studies at spaceports, allowing the FAA to study the potential impact of structures on spacecraft arriving or departing from a licensed launch site.
Additionally, the bill requires rulemaking to implement this requirement within 18 months of enactment.
“Mojave Air and Space Port is pleased to see another positive step forward in protecting the operational investment by so many, government and private sector alike.” -Karina Drees, CEO Mojave Air and Space Port
“Once again, Majority Leader McCarthy has shown that he is committed to helping keep Mojave at the forefront of commercial spaceflight. This bill will help ensure that spaceports like ours are able to operate without fear of encroachment.” - George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company
“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation endorses H.R. 6007. Your legislation provides regulatory clarification important to the future of the commercial space industry in the United States. We encourage the House and Senate to act quickly on this bipartisan, bicameral bill. Gliding spacecraft and large transport category aircraft require protection from obstacles (e.g., power lines, wind turbines, or cell towers) in close proximity to runways. While current law is well-defined for airports, it does not effectively encompass spaceports. This legislation provides a standard, effective obstruction evaluation framework for spaceports. With only a short time left in the 114th Congress, we support quick action in the House to approve your legislation and provide sufficient time for Senate consideration and presidential approval. Thank you for your leadership on this important issue.” - Eric W. Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight FederationRead More
Washington, DC – Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced the Department of Transportation awarded Meadows Field Airport a grant for phase two of the Runway Rehabilitation Project. The grant, which McCarthy strongly supported, will support the Runway Rehabilitation Project, a three-phased project totaling $49 million that will upgrade our airport runway to accommodate air traffic in and out of Bakersfield and the Central Valley. Congressman McCarthy and Director of Airports for Kern County, Richard Strickland, released the following statement on the grant announcement:
Congressman Kevin McCarthy:
“I am proud this second phase grant was awarded and that the Runway Rehabilitation Project continues to lay the groundwork for Bakersfield to be the gateway to the Central Valley. Through this rehabilitation project, our airport will exceed safety standards and continue operating as a leading airport in the region -- a hub where we greet family and friends, send off and welcome home our sons and daughters, and grow economic activity in and around Bakersfield.”
Director of Airports Richard Strickland:
"As the Director of Airports for Kern County I am excited to see phase two funded as the continued capital investment into Meadows Field will allow for the economic impact of Meadows Field to benefit all of Kern County and the Central Valley. This award of $12.5 million represents a coordinated effort with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the Federal Aviation Administration for Runway 12L/30R Rehabilitation."
Please click the link below to view the official notification:
Washington, DC – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on President Obama’s decision to reject the request from the State of California to declare the Erskine Fire a major disaster:
“Weeks ago, our community was ravaged by the worst fire in Kern County history. As the flames swept across the Kern River Valley, thousands fled their homes to safety. And at that same time, as the Erskine Fire was destroying everything in its path, our first responders, firefighters, and police officers faced danger to ensure the safety of our neighbors. At one of our community’s worst moments, we witnessed the best from our fellow citizens. But as the dust settled, it became abundantly clear that we would need help rebuilding.
“I want to thank the State of California and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom for recognizing our community’s hardship and stepping up to request that the Obama Administration declare the Erskine Fire a major disaster to make our community eligible for additional Federal relief. This designation is something I strongly support given our region’s unique challenges, which I outlined to the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Unfortunately, I was notified today by FEMA that the Obama Administration rejected California’s request for help.
“Disappointment and outrage fail to fully describe this decision. Instead of considering different indicators of the severity of damage and the real limits on existing state and local resources to help our communities recover, the Administration’s decision reeks of bureaucratic and arbitrary formulas which are predisposed to address urban disaster, while not fully comprehending the scope of damage and destruction in non-urban regions. I will continue to work with all levels of government to help streamline all resources available to helping our communities. In addition, this decision more broadly begs for a reassessment of the 28-year-old Stafford Act itself - which outlines Federal disaster and emergency assistance, especially how non-urban communities are treated after tragic devastation occurs.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the passing of State Senator Sharon Runner:
“My heart breaks to hear of the passing of my friend Sharon Runner. Sharon and I were seatmates in the Assembly and I saw firsthand her devotion to serving the Antelope Valley. But Sharon was more than just a seatmate. Sharon was like a sister to me and I will always cherish our times together. Sharon was a devoted wife to her husband George and mother to her children Micah and Rebekah. Their family represented the best of our community and Judy and I are praying for the Runners during this time of grief. We are all remembered not for our possessions or our words, but rather for who we were and what we did for those around us. Sharon’s legacy is cemented and our community and our state are a better place because of her.”
Bakersfield, CA - Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the Erskine Fire in Lake Isabella:
"Judy and I are saddened by the loss of life from the Erskine Fire. Our prayers go out to the families and everyone who has been affected. In the face of this devastation it has been incredible to see our community come together to support one another and help our neighbors get through this time of crisis. Specifically, our firefighters, law enforcement, and first responders have been nothing short of heroic while working to keep everyone safe and we are grateful for their service. I have been in contact with the Federal, state, and local officials to ensure they have all the resources needed to fight this fire. The coming days will continue to be difficult, but our community's generosity and family spirit will bring us all together to help rebuild."
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Congressman Kevin McCarthy represents the 23rd District of California, which spans Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles counties. First elected in 2006, Kevin is a native of Bakersfield and a fourth-generation Kern County resident. He is committed to policies that give small businesses and entrepreneurs the confidence they need to hire, expand, invest and innovate. After the 2010 midterm elections, Kevin was elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives.
Kevin started his own small business before the age of 21. He built Kevin O’s Deli from the ground up, even enlisting his father’s help in building the deli’s counter in their garage. He worked hard, hired employees and enjoyed success in his community. That’s also where he first encountered government overregulation. The countless frivolous and redundant rules, as well as the taxes small businesses like his were burdened with, spurred Kevin’s interest in public service. When Kevin sold his business, he used the profits to put himself through college and graduate school. He received both his undergraduate degree and his Masters in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield.
During college, Kevin accepted an internship with then-Congressman Bill Thomas, and soon became a member of Congressman Thomas’s staff. Kevin won his first election in 2000 as Trustee to the Kern Community College District. In 2002, McCarthy was elected to represent the 32nd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. As a freshman legislator, he was selected unanimously by his Republican colleagues to serve as the Assembly Republican Leader, becoming the first freshman legislator and the first legislator from Kern County to assume the top Republican post in the California State Assembly. Kevin worked with his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate and with the Governor to reduce California’s budget deficit, overhaul the state worker’s compensation system and enhance California’s business climate to create more opportunities for California workers and businesses until he ran for Congress in 2006.
Kevin brings his personal experience as a small business owner and as an effective leader in the statehouse to Washington D.C. In his role as Majority Whip, Kevin leads the effort in Congress to advance common sense policies that will put America back on the path to prosperity. Since gaining control of the House in November 2010, Kevin and his Republican colleagues have blocked the largest tax increase in American history, cut out-of-control government spending by historic levels and passed numerous pieces of legislation that will help create jobs in America. These bills reduce the burden on small businesses, increase our nation’s energy security by promoting domestic energy production, knock down barriers for small business owners to access capital and help increase certainty for the private sector.
Kevin will continue to fight to get Washington’s fiscal house in order while promoting policies that empower the private sector to invest and create jobs.
When Kevin is not in Washington fighting for the constituents of California’s 23rd District and for the future of America, he is home in Bakersfield with his wife Judy and two children Connor and Meghan.
Had a great time meeting and speaking with the students of Springville Elementary on Tuesday.
Instead of giving more power to government, we need to put more faith in free enterprise and reward people who work hard and do the right thing.
I joined CDC & National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials today to introduce a clinical trial for the treatment of #ValleyFever. This is an
I encourage all interested students and parents in the 23rd Congressional District to attend my U.S. Service Academy forum on Saturday, October
Thanks Team Issac for joining us at the Capitol!