Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy


McCarthy Statement on President’s Actions to Begin Rolling Back Waters of the United States Rule


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the President’s recent action to begin rescinding the EPA’s Water of the United States rule:

“Today President Trump took action to begin rolling back one of the worst regulations targeting private property rights -- an executive order implemented by the Obama administration that greatly expanded the EPA’s jurisdiction to regulate waterways – including on private property. This rule was an example of how unreasonable and illogical the Washington bureaucracy can get, especially when applied to the water needs of the west. More broadly, this rule would have greatly impacted our communities and farmers ability to use their land. In the House, I have voted to repeal this rule numerous times and today’s action from the president represents the joint commitment to return rationality back to government and restore freedom and opportunity to all Americans.”

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McCarthy Statement on Lake Isabella


WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on Lake Isabella:


Lake Isabella is fundamental to our community's wellbeing. It is a mainstay to the vibrant tourism industry that makes the Kern River Valley a destination for thousands every year and supplies our community with precious water for farming and other purposes. This weekend’s emergency at Oroville Dam has caused some concern within our community about the status of Lake Isabella given the safety work underway at Main and Auxiliary Dams. I have spoken with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District Commander Colonel David Ray about Lake Isabella and he has assured me that Lake Isabella is safe. Furthermore, he told me the Corps is working to ensure the water levels in the reservoir do not go above 360,000 acre feet, the current capacity limit to maintain safety. Any release of water into the Kern River is also being done in coordination with downstream users and water rights holders, including Bakersfield. 


“Over the years, I have worked to hold the Corps accountable to the timeline needed to expeditiously complete the safety work needed at Main and Auxiliary Dams at Lake Isabella, something I reiterated again with Colonel Ray. This weekend’s events at Oroville Dam only further demonstrate the need to get the repairs at Isabella done quickly and why I have secured over $85 million to date for this project.  


“While our parched state has been blessed with much-needed rain and snow this year, I will remain vigilant and continue to work with our community partners and the Corps to ensure our dams remain safe.” 





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McCarthy Statement on Lake Success


WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on Lake Success:


“Lake Success is important to our community's wellbeing, providing recreational opportunities for tourists while also ensuring important water supplies to Porterville and the surrounding area, which has suffered during the recent drought.  This weekend’s emergency at Oroville Dam has caused some concern within our community about the status of Lake Success.  I have spoken with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District Commander Colonel David Ray about Lake Success - he has assured me that Lake Success is safe and the reservoir remains well below the spillway.  


“With all of the recent rain, this is another example of why raising the Success Dam spillway is so important – a project I have been fighting for. Raising the spillway increases the capacity at Lake Success in a safe manner and would enable us to capture more water, like from the current storms, to hold for future use.  I again expressed my support for this spillway project to Colonel Ray and he agreed. 


“While our parched state has been blessed with much-needed rain and snow this year, I will remain vigilant and continue to work with our community partners and the Corps to keep our communities safe and raise the Success Dam spillway.”



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9/11 "Survival Tree" Planted in Bakersfield


Organizers say it's a living reminder of the 9/11 tragedy, and on Friday they planted a "survival tree." The small tree comes from a seed gathered from a tree found at Ground Zero.

"There was a tree that actually survived, even though it was covered with rubble for months and months," Bakersfield Fire Chief Doug Greener explained. "The workers pulled it out, transplanted it back in New York, it's outside the World Trade Center in Manhattan where it survives today."

On Friday, the sapling from that original "survivor tree" was planted in a ceremony also attended by Congressman Kevin McCarthy. He says it's an honor to have the memento.

"When you think about it, and what this area has become, to honor those who lost their lives, that they did not die in vain," McCarthy told Eyewitness News. "Here's a community that honors them, we honor their lives. We honor what they do for this community."

The small tree is now near the 9/11 Memorial that's been erected between the Bakersfield Fire station and Bakersfield Police substation on Buena Vista Road. That already included a large beam from the destroyed structure at the World Trade Center.

Organizers say it took seven months of planning to bring the tree to the Bakersfield site, and it's an honor to have the sapling from that original survivor tree.

"It was the last living thing that was pulled from the pit," Chief Greener said. He says it's a reminder of surviving and moving forward.

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House Votes to Strengthen Energy Production


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of a resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Emissions rule:

"Perhaps no industry in America has been more overregulated in recent years than energy. The Venting and Flaring rule is extremely costly, threatens thousands of energy jobs, and adds hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to America's energy industry. There are less costly and more efficient ways to achieve environmental protection without devastating American jobs and energy production. Small, family-owned businesses operating marginal wells out west would suffer in particular, and many could be forced to close. Overturning this rule is yet another way Republicans are making Washington work for the people again."





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McCarthy on New Iran Sanctions


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to enact new sanctions on Iran:

"President Trump is right to act where the Obama Administration did not. Putting Iran on notice is not hollow rhetoric. These actions put much-needed pressure on the very parts of the Iranian network supporting Iran's missile program, as well as the Revolutionary Guard and Quds force, both of which are responsible for spreading terror around the world."


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McCarthy Statement on the Passing of Trice Harvey


Washington, DC - Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the passing of Trice Harvey:

“Trice Harvey epitomized the best in a public servant, someone whose great enthusiasm and work ethic to represent the people of Kern County was only matched by how friendly and welcoming he was to all.  Judy and I send our deepest condolences to Dinah, Nick, and all of Trice’s family.”



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McCarthy on the Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“Congress and the American people don’t want a liberal Supreme Court justice or a conservative Supreme Court justice. We want a justice who will decide cases based on the law and the Constitution as they are written. Neil Gorsuch appears to fit that mold. There are few things more important to the health of our nation and the people’s trust in their government than ensuring that our laws are judged blindly and in adherence to the written text of the Constitution, unaffected by one’s political opinions, wealth, race, or beliefs. Neil Gorsuch has not only demonstrated that fairness, but is also an eminently qualified judge with years of experience. I think it says a lot about him that he was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit without a single dissenting vote in the Senate. He has legal vision, clarity, and a deference to our Constitution, and I believe he is a nominee that all Americans can support.

“I urge the Senate to immediately being its important work to vet Neil Gorsuch once again so that a confirmation vote can be scheduled as soon as possible and the Supreme Court can continue its work with all nine justices.”


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McCarthy’s WSJ Op-Ed: How the House Will Roll Back Washington’s Rule by Bureaucrat


Wall Street Journal  | January 25, 2017

When President Trump delivered his inaugural address last week, he declared that “we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.” Note that he said we are transferring power, in the present tense. The House has already begun turning the president’s words into reality by targeting the part of Washington that poses the greatest threat to America’s people, economy, and Constitution: the federal bureaucracy.

Washington’s many agencies, bureaus, and departments propagate rules that weigh down businesses, destroy jobs, and limit American freedoms. Career bureaucrats who never face the voters wield punishing authority with little to no accountability. If there’s a swamp in Washington, this is it.

In President Obama’s final year the Federal Register hit 97,110 pages—longer by nearly 18,000 pages, or 15 King James Bibles, than in 2008. Federal regulations cost the American people about $1.89 trillion every year, according to an estimate by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. That’s more than 10% of GDP, or roughly $15,000 per American household. The Obama administration has also burdened the public with nearly 583 million hours of compliance over the past eight years, according to the American Action Forum. That’s averages to nearly five hours of paperwork for every full-time employee in the country.

Faced with a metastasizing bureaucracy, the House is undertaking structural and specific reform to offer the nation a shot at reviving the economy, restoring the Constitution, and improving government accountability, all at once. The plan to strip power from the bureaucracy and give it back to the people has two steps.

First, we began structural reform by passing the REINS Act, an acronym for Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny. If the bill becomes law, new regulations that cost $100 million or more will require congressional approval before they take effect. The House also passed the Regulatory Accountability Act, which would require agencies to choose the least-costly option available to accomplish their goals. That bill would also prohibit large rules from going into effect while they are being challenged in court. Further, it would end "Chevron deference,” a doctrine that stacks the legal system in favor of the bureaucracy by directing judges to defer to an agency’s interpretation of its own rules.

Second, the House next week will begin repealing specific regulations using the Congressional Review Act, which allows a majority in the House and Senate to overturn any rules finalized in the past 60 legislative days.

Perhaps no aspect of America’s economy has been as overregulated as energy. So the House will repeal the Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule, which could destroy tens of thousands of mining jobs and put up to 64% of the country’s coal reserves off limits, according to the National Mining Association.

Likewise, the Obama administration moved at the 11th hour to limit the oil-and-gas industry through a new methane regulation. It could cost up to $1 billion by 2025, the American Petroleum Institute estimates, even though the industry is already subject to the Clean Air Act and has leveraged technological advances to dramatically reduce methane emissions. The additional regulation would force small and struggling operations—in the West in particular—to close up shop, which is why it will be one of the first to go.

The House will also take the ax to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s disclosure rule for resource extraction, which adds an unreasonable compliance burden on American energy companies that isn’t applied to their foreign competitors. This rule, which closely mimics a regulation already struck down by the courts, would put American businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

The bureaucracy under President Obama has also threatened America’s constitutional rights. A new rule from the Social Security Administration would increase scrutiny on up to 4.2 million disabled Americans if they attempt to purchase firearms. This would elevate the Social Security Administration to the position of an illegitimate arbiter of the Second Amendment. And in an affront to basic due process, the bureaucracy has attempted to blacklist from federal contracts any business accused of violating labor laws—before the company even has a chance to defend itself in court.

With President Trump’s signature, every one of these regulations will be overturned. In the weeks to come, the House and Senate will use the Congressional Review Act to repeal as many job-killing and ill-conceived regulations as possible. That’s how to protect American workers and businesses, defend the Constitution, and turn words into actions.

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The House is Defending Life


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act:
“The new Republican government has a unity of values and a unity of purpose. We are committed to defending life, not destroying it; and we are committed to ensuring taxpayer money is not used to support a practice that millions of Americans are deeply and morally against.
“By reinstating the Mexico City Policy, President Trump ensured American taxpayer dollars wouldn’t be used to support groups that provide and promote abortions abroad. The House’s vote today bars taxpayer money from funding abortion right here at home. No matter what side of the issue people are on, we should all agree to respect each other’s consciences and end taxpayer funding of such a contentious practice.”



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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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