Congressman Kevin McCarthy spoke at a press conference today on the GOP agenda and the newly elected House Republican leadership team.
Remarks are below, or watch online here.
"I will tell you our number one goal is to get America continuing moving forward. We serve in a divided government, in a divided country. Our goal is to unite us back together again. Our second goal will be to make sure we win the Majority back. Look, we know the challenge of what we’re working on. We want to hit the ground running.
"We know the Democrats have a plan. They want to disrupt, they want to try to impeach, and they want to stall what achievements we’ve been able to move forward. But we know America is too great, for such a small vision. We will work through every state, we know where we have our challenges, to win back in suburban areas, and we will do just that. But I truly believe, America is and will always be the strongest nation on the face of the Earth."
The GOP leadership team for the 116th Congress:
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY)
NRCC Chair Tom Emmer (R-MN)
Policy Committee Chair Gary Palmer (R-AL)
Conference Vice Chair Mark Walker (R-NC)
Conference Secretary Jason Smith (R-MO)
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement of new rules to protect religious freedom and ensure federal taxpayer dollars do not fund abortions:
“The three announcements by the Department of Health and Human Services today are clear victories in the fight for life and religious freedom.
“The rules affirm and strengthen the long-standing ban on federal funding for abortion, which is supported by a clear majority of Americans.
“HHS also announced it is finalizing the religious exemption to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. This rule will ensure religious believers and other moral objectors cannot be forced by the government to violate their most deeply held beliefs.
“These regulations add to the pro-life achievements of the Republican-led House, which has worked for years to secure religious freedom and the right to life.
“Republicans will continue to fight for a country where everyone has the rights and legal protection they deserve. Today’s announcements are a big step forward.”
Visit the HHS website for more information on these announcements.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25) are pleased that the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is acting on their request to address the backlog of security clearance applications for personnel working at Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Plant 42, and the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (NASA Armstrong).
Congressman McCarthy released the following statement:
“I commend the Trump Administration and OPM for taking action to address the significant security clearance application backlog at Edwards Air Force Base, Plant 42, and NASA Armstrong. Our community is home to the finest organizations that work to ensure our nation remains the leader in aerospace. OPM’s actions will go a long way to ensuring that key Air Force and NASA personnel – Rep. Knight’s and my constituents - have the necessary security clearances to advance critical projects they are working on without delay. The work these individuals do should not be disrupted because of red tape backlogs. I would also like to thank Congressman Knight for joining me in working to ensure that Edwards, Plant 42, and NASA Armstrong have a robust workforce with the requisite clearances so that they can focus on what they do best—ensuring that our nation remains on the cutting edge in the aerospace arena.
Congressman Knight issued the following statement:
“When our local workforce is held up from starting their jobs because of excessive delays in the security screening process, our local businesses who contract with the government lose some of the best talent and expertise in the nation. This not only hurts the local economy, but hurts our military and NASA’s ability to acquire the research, equipment, and technology that these jobs produce. I am very glad to have worked with Congressman McCarthy on this issue that impacts both of our constituencies, and I would like to thank him for his continued leadership for the Antelope Valley.”
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the strong rate of economic growth in the third quarter of 2018:
“The American economy continues to boom — and all Americans are feeling the results.
“Our economy has grown at a rate of more than 3% in back-to-back quarters—and last quarter’s growth exceeded 4%.
“Strong economic growth is a sign that America’s businesses, communities, and workers are prospering. It is far from the only sign.
“Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 1969, the year America went to the Moon.
“The economy has created 4.2 million jobs since President Trump’s election in November 2016, fueled by a Republican policy agenda of tax cuts, deregulation, and freeing up access to capital.
“Because of Republicans’ agenda, the manufacturing sector is adding jobs at the strongest rate since the 1990s. Our economy is producing the kind of high-quality jobs that support families, communities, and the middle class as a whole.
“The world is taking notice of America’s economic success story. Earlier this month, the World Economic Forum named the United States the most competitive country in the world for the first time in a decade, calling America an ‘innovation powerhouse.’
“Strong economic growth is more than just a number. It is the product of American communities and families that are regaining their confidence.
“The Democrats don’t want to talk about it. But the Republican Congress will continue working on solutions that protect and prolong our prosperity.”
The 115th Congress has taken unprecedented steps to secure our nation and defend its citizens from foreign aggression. Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the House’s work to ensure a stronger and safer America:
“Congress has taken large strides to counter global threats to the United States and our interests.
“The days of leading from behind and undermining our military are behind us. Working closely with the Trump Administration, the House is making sure that adversaries such as China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are held accountable for their aggression. These regimes are facing strong consequences for technology theft, election interference, ballistic missile development, and other acts that threaten our security and sovereignty.
“For the first time in 25 years, Congress overhauled how the federal government regulates foreign investment to protect against the Chinese threat. The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act closed loopholes in our system so China can no longer acquire sensitive advanced technologies and simultaneously undermine our defense industrial base.
“Through the ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,’ which was signed into law, North Korea, Iran, and Russia face intense and expansive sanctions that derail their ability to harm America and Americans. The House also passed the ‘Otto Warmbier North Korea Sanctions Act’ which would strengthen Congress’ oversight of sanctions on North Korea.
“The House’s sanctions and other measures have made America’s position clear: We will work aggressively to protect our interests and prevent aggression by foreign powers.”
Additional Sanctions Legislation:
H.R. 1644 - Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions. PASSED.
H.R. 390 - Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief. PASSED.
H.R. 3329 - Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act. PASSED.
H.R. 3342 - Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act. PASSED.
H.R. 1698 - Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. PASSED.
H.R. 1638 - Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act. PASSED.
H.R. 4324 - Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act. PASSED.
H.R. 4744 - Iran Human Rights and Hostage Taking Accountability Act. PASSED.
H.R. 5841 - Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act. PASSED.
H.R. 5105 - Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act (BUILD Act). PASSED.
Today President Trump signed The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), the most comprehensive legislation to combat America’s opioid epidemic. Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement:
“Today marks another monumental step in the fight to end the deadliest drug epidemic in world history, which claims over 100 lives every single day. To give America the best chance to beat back the opioid crisis, Congress stood together and passed a landmark legislative initiative. Today President Trump signed that bill into law.
“The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act aids in the prevention and treatment of addiction, and fights the flow of fentanyl into our communities. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol for working to bring about the most comprehensive legislative approach to the opioid crisis in history. And I thank President Trump and his administration for their steadfast support throughout this journey. Rest assured, our work to end the scourge of drugs does not end today. We will not stop until drug addiction, overdoses, and overdose deaths are relegated to history.”
BACKGROUND ON PREVIOUS CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC:
·Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act: First major federal action against addiction in almost 40 years. Authorized over $181 million to respond to the opioid epidemic, and increased access to prevention and treatment programs.
·21st Century Cures Act: $1 billion in grants for states over two years to fight the opioid epidemic.
·Omnibus: $4 billion appropriated in 2018 to combat the opioid crisis.
·Defense-Labor-HHS appropriations package: $6.7 billion to combat the opioid crisis and support recovery.
Throughout the 115th Congress the House of Representatives produced results that are making our country stronger and more prosperous. Some of this Congress’s first actions included historic regulatory repeal and reform. Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the work to rein in burdensome regulations:
“Prior to 2017, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) had only been used once to repeal a regulation promulgated by the Executive Branch. At the start of this Congress, Republicans used the CRA process to repeal 17 Obama-era regulations. Eliminating these regulations saved the economy $4.1 billion in costs. Together with the Trump Administration, the regulatory relief on American businesses, farmers and ranchers, and workers has been unprecedented. Just last week, the Trump Administration announced its ‘regulatory reform efforts have saved American families and businesses $23 billion in Fiscal Year 2018.’ In fact, for every one new regulation implemented, twelve were repealed. When Republicans promised to drain the swamp, that meant taking undue power away from Washington bureaucrats who never face the voters and giving it back to the American people and their elected representatives. Congress will continue to defend Americans from harmful regulations.”
Background: Regulatory Repeal Through the Congressional Review Act
Right out of the gate, this conference fundamentally reformed our regulatory state. After years of Barack Obama’s executive overreach, we voted to repeal 17 regulations that were imposed by executive action fiat.
1. Stream Buffer Rule (H.J. Res. 38) would have saddled mines with unnecessary regulations, putting up to 64% of America’s coal reserves off limits and threatening between 40,000 to 70,000 mining jobs. Passed 228-194 with 4 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
2. SEC Disclosure Rule for Resource Extraction (H.J. Res. 41) would have put an unreasonable compliance burden on publicly traded American energy companies, putting them at a disadvantage to foreign-owned businesses. Passed 235-187 with 5 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
3. Social Security Service’s Second Amendment Restrictions (H.J. Res. 40) would increase scrutiny on up to 4.2 million law-abiding disabled Americans attempting to purchase firearms, potentially depriving people of their constitutional rights without proper due process protections. Passed 235-180 with 6 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
4. Federal Contracts Blacklisting Rule (H.J. Res. 37) would unjustly block many businesses accused of violating labor laws from federal contracts before they’ve even had a chance to defend themselves in court. Passed 236-187 with 3 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
5. Bureau of Land Management Venting and Flaring Rule (H.J. Res. 36) would further cap methane emissions in the oil and gas industry at a time when the industry is already dramatically reducing emissions, potentially wiping out family-owned marginal wells and costing an estimated $1 billion. Passed 221-191 with 3 Democrats, passed House.
6. Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 Rule (H.J. Res. 44) would reduce local authority over large swaths of land out west, massively expanding the federal government’s control over more than 175 million acres of land—about 4,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.—in 11 western states. Passed 234-186 with 4 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
7. Teacher Preparation Rule (H.J. Res. 58) would force states to use Washington’s standards to determine whether a teacher preparation program is effective, undermining local control over education and potentially exacerbating the shortage of special education teachers. Passed 230-181 with 5 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
8. Education Accountability Rule (H.J. Res. 57) would be an unfunded mandate imposing Washington’s standard for how to assess schools on state and local governments. Passed 234-190 with 0 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
9. Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing Rule (H.J. Res. 42) would severely restrict states’ ability to limit drug abusers from receiving unemployment benefits even if the drug users are not able and available for work, as the law requires. Passed 232-189 with 4 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
10. State Retirement Plan Rule (H.J. Res. 66) would treat employees unequally by allowing states to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts. Passed 231-193 with 1 Democrat, signed by President Trump.
11. Local Retirement Plan Rule (H.J. Res. 67) would treat employees unequally by allowing certain localities to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts. Passed 234-191 with 1 Democrat, signed by President Trump.
12. National Wildlife Hunting and Fishing Rule (H.J. Res. 69) would infringe on Alaska’s right to sustainably manage wildlife by overregulating hunting—a move that could set the stage for the federal government to undermine local control across the U.S. Passed 225-193 with 5 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
13. Title X Abortion Funding Rule (H.J. Res. 43) would force states to administer Title X health funding to abortion providers, even if states want to redirect those funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage. Passed 230-188 with 2 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
14. OSHA Power Grab Rule (H.J. Res. 83) would overturn a rule that is clearly unlawful. The law explicitly states that employers can only be targeted for failing to keep proper health and safety records within a six-month time period. The rule we overturned would have extended that to a full five years. Passed 232-191 with 4 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
15. FCC Internet Service Provider Rule (S.J. Res. 34) would treat internet service providers (ISPs) the same as other companies like Google and Facebook by applying the same privacy rules to everyone. Passed 215-205 with 0 Democrats, signed by President Trump.
16. CFPB Rule (H.J.Res.111) nullifies the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) harmful arbitration rule. Passed House 231 - 190, signed by President Trump.
17. CFPB’s Auto Bulletin (S.J. Res. 57) nullifies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) guidance addressing indirect auto lending. Passed House 234 - 175, signed by President Trump.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Representatives Devin Nunes (CA-22), David Valadao (CA-21), Jeff Denham (CA-10), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Tom McClintock (CA-4), and Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) released the following statement today on President Trump’s executive memorandum on western water:
“The President’s announcement is an immense relief for the farmers and families of the San Joaquin Valley and communities across California.
Due to the actions of environmental extremists and overzealous bureaucrats, California has been suffering from a years-long water crisis that has wreaked havoc in Central Valley farming communities that feed tens of millions of Americans. Productive land has gone fallow and farmworkers have lost their jobs. Communities across California have also been devastated as senseless government regulations have mandated that billions of gallons of water be flushed out to the ocean and wasted.
Now, with this executive action, there is a strict timetable for rewriting the biological opinions that lie at the root of the water crisis. This executive action also prioritizes building critical projects to expand water storage in our state so that we can store more water during wet years for use in dry years.
We commend President Trump for taking decisive action today that will build on the success of the WIIN Act, cut through bureaucratic roadblocks, address Sacramento’s radical water grab, and increase the water supply to farms and communities across the state. California families can now rest assured that help is on the way.”
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 7059, the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act of 2018:
Full text of the legislation can be found here.
“For decades, America's inability to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration has encouraged millions to undertake a dangerous journey to come here in violation of our laws and created huge loopholes in the legal channels we use to welcome immigrants to our country.
“President Trump’s election was a wakeup call to Washington. The American People want us to build the Wall and enforce the law.
“Today, I introduced legislation that commits the House to these goals. This bill combats sanctuary cities, transnational gangs like MS-13, human trafficking, and deadly drugs like fentanyl. It supports federal law enforcement like ICE. And it fully funds the Wall by appropriating the full amount requested by President Trump for its construction, bringing the total amount of funding to $25 billion.
“Maintaining strong borders is one of the basic responsibilities of any nation. For too long, America has failed in this responsibility. I encourage my colleagues to support this bill and recommit our nation to defending its borders.”
Congressman McCarthy spent time in El Paso, TX, with the brave men and women serving our country as Border Patrol agents. He received a tour of the U.S.–Mexico border and was given an update on the progress being made to protect our border.
Congressman McCarthy released the following statement about his trip:
"Yesterday I toured the U.S.-Mexico border and talked to the Customs and Border Protection agents who defend it.
"The Border Patrol agents I met are proud of the work they do. The El Paso sector where they work was the first to be patrolled by CBP—it is where the legend of their agency began, with guards on horseback patrolling the border.
"The 2,400 agents who defend this 268-mile stretch of border have a dangerous job. They make more than 150 arrests a day in the fight against drug smuggling, human trafficking, and violent gangs.
"I came away from this meeting awed by the magnitude of the border and the bravery of the officers who patrol it.
"I also came away with greater conviction of the need to support these officers by giving them the resources they need: More agents, technology, and most importantly the Wall.
"You can read more about my bill to fully fund the Wall here."
NOTE: Last year alone, Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 300,000 people along the southern border—that’s 97% of the agency’s total apprehensions. They interdicted 857,888 pounds of marijuana and 6,174 pounds of cocaine that were headed for our communities. They rescued 3,221 people and reported 294 deaths.
Below are some photos of Congressman McCarthys visit:
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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.
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