Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke today about those within his district that have been affected by the shooting and announced he will travel with President Trump to Las Vegas tomorrow.
Remarks are below or watch online here.
“Everyone felt that loss…three of my constituents lost their lives [yesterday]. There are others in the hospital. Bailey Schweitzer was a 20-year-old girl who just attended Centennial High School. She’s a big country music fan. Her family owns the Bakersfield Speedway. She was there with her mother and friends. She was one of the best friends to my district director's daughter…Jack Beaton, is a father of two and he was celebrating his 23rd wedding anniversary with his wife. When the shots rang out, he jumped in front of his wife and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for the one he loved. Victor Link is 55 years old and was born in Shafter. His family still lives there.
“Inside the hospital is an off-duty Bakersfield police officer. Officer Aaron Mundhenke had hip surgery yesterday and they say he will make a good recovery. I have another young lady that is in the ICU.…I will travel with the president tomorrow to Las Vegas. I know in these horrific crimes, these individuals, when they try to divide our nation, it's really a time that we have to heal. It's really a time to find what divides us to put aside. I know what these families are going to go through, and we need to be there for them. We need to find that we are stronger, and we cannot allow this terror to win.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV:
“Our community is shaken and deeply saddened by the senseless violence against our innocent neighbors who were attending a country music concert in Las Vegas. Judy and I are praying for each victim and their families during this tragic time. These horrifying times lead us to God for solace as we try to understand how such inhuman acts can happen. As this situation continues to develop, may God Bless our country as we all mourn and search for healing.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Republican’s unified framework for fixing our broken tax code:
“Tax reform is our country's greatest opportunity to make America stronger and give people the opportunity for better lives. Today's code is broken. It was designed in a different time and for decades it has grown to benefit special interests at the expense of hardworking taxpayers who simply don’t have an army of tax lawyers. This unified framework answers the call from the American people for a fairer and simpler tax code that will create jobs. It will also propel American innovation and business to new heights in the 21st century. With President Trump and the Republican Congress we will rise to this moment and deliver tax reform for a stronger America."Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement announcing the House will vote on H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, on Tuesday, October 3rd:
“Next week, I’m bringing legislation to the House floor that will respect the sanctity of life and stop needless suffering. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will protect the voiceless, the vulnerable, and the marginalized. It will protect those children who science has proven can feel pain, and give them a chance to grow and live full and happy lives. We have an obligation to speak and defend for those who can’t speak for themselves. I welcome every member of the House and the Senate to unite together and say that when children can feel pain, when you can see their noses and ears, when you can hear their heartbeats and feel their movement—at the very least we can all agree these children should be protected.”
Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office will offer to the public pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution on Monday, September 18, in celebration of Constitution Day.
“The Constitution has been the bedrock of American government, liberty and rule of law for 230 years,” said McCarthy. “It is the fabric for American democracy and continues to be the guiding, living document for our freedoms and principles. We celebrate it every day, but especially on its anniversary. I encourage anyone interested in our Constitution to visit my Bakersfield office to pick up a copy of their own and carry with them the words that shape the foundation of our nation.”
Although pocket Constitutions are always available in McCarthy’s offices, residents are encouraged to visit the office in honor of Constitution Day. The office will hold the celebration on Monday following the official date on Sunday, September 17.
What: Constitution Day in Congressman McCarthy’s Office
When: Monday, September 18, 2017; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: 4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Constitutions will be available while supplies last. Due to the limited supply, two booklets will be available for each visiting family and capped at twenty for each school or non-profit organization.
Background: On September 17, 1787, 39 Constitutional Convention delegates from 12 states signed the United States Constitution in Philadelphia, Pa. Following Rhode Island’s ratification – the 13th state – on June 21, 1788, the Constitution became our country’s legal foundation. In 1956, Congress established Constitution Week and in 2004 designated September 17 as Constitution Day, giving the document the recognition and respect it deserves.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act:
“Today, the House has passed all 12 government funding bills through regular order. The only way to make the people’s voice heard in Washington is to empower their representatives in Congress. Through this process, the House has heard the people’s voice and voted to make major changes in the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars. As a result, our funding legislation forces the government to do what it ought to do and to stop doing what it shouldn’t do— it does everything from strengthening our national defense, veterans’ programs, and border security to protecting life to cutting abusive Washington agencies like the IRS and the EPA. “Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and his entire committee deserve a lion’s share of the credit for their efforts, often working overtime for months. The chairman himself was personally present for every single minute of debate for weeks—late night after late night—seeing this legislation through. It’s been a long road, but the House is starting to change Washington’s bad habits, and the American people have a stronger voice because of it. I urge the Senate to act on this House-passed funding bill as soon as possible.”Read More
Congressman Kevin McCarthy has announced a forum for students in the 23rd Congressional District interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017.
“Students interested in serving our nation while seeking to further excel in their leadership, rise to a great challenge, and achieve an outstanding education make great candidates for our nation’s Service Academies,” said McCarthy. “I am amazed each year at the interest and awesome talent of local students choosing to pursue this opportunity.”
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.
“The 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,” added McCarthy. “I encourage anyone who is interested to come out and learn more.”
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.
What: Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s U.S. Service Academy Forum
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017; 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Where: Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Interested students and families may RSVP by email at RSVP.McCarthy@mail.house.gov or calling the Bakersfield Office at (661) 327-3611.Read More
Bakersfield, Calif. - Congressman Kevin McCarthy praised a major step toward replacement of the Bakersfield Veterans Affairs (VA) Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. The VA announced Thursday Solicitation for Offers on local properties to build a replacement clinic.
The announcement comes eight years after the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged the current Bakersfield facility lacks resources to provide certain specialty services. As a result, many veterans must travel upwards of six hours roundtrip to Los Angeles for treatment. The replacement clinic, currently scheduled to open in 2021, would expand primary care, mental health, and specialty services for Bakersfield veterans.
"Today's announcement brings Bakersfield and Kern County veterans one step closer to accessing the quality health care they deserve in our community," McCarthy said. "The new clinic would provide much needed services locally and potentially reduce the need for local veterans to travel to L.A. - spending hours on the road - to receive care."
Congress authorized replacing the current facility in 2010 following the VA's recommendations. A site for the new clinic was selected in 2015 but was canceled due to potential eminent domain concerns related to the California High Speed Rail project, causing additional delay as the VA restarted the acquisition process. Mounting delays led McCarthy to take legislative action last year to include a provision in the 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill pressuring the VA to advance the replacement project.
"Despite overwhelming congressional support for the new outpatient clinic, the replacement facility remained in limbo for years," McCarthy said. "That is why I am requiring the VA to send Congress periodic updates on the project and will continue to communicate our veterans needs directly to VA Secretary David Shulkin. I commend Secretary Shulkin and the Trump Administration for recognizing the needs of our local veterans and jumpstarting the process."
Among them is Dick Taylor, Kern County Veterans Service Department Director, who praised the VA's announcement.
"Our veterans have earned the right and deserve no less than a clear and concise decision which will result in them receiving the new VA Clinic they so richly deserve," Taylor said. "I am grateful for Congressman McCarthy's diligence in making this become a reality."
Wendy Porter, Wounded Heroes Fund Executive Director, reacted with optimism.
"The Wounded Heroes Fund is incredibly excited to hear the time has finally arrived for a new and updated VA Clinic in Bakersfield," said Porter. "This clinic, which will service our deserving Kern County veterans, will soon come to fruition with the release of the VA's Solicitation for Offers. This is incredible news for our community! We are hopeful that this is the beginning of a long awaited more medically expansive VA Clinic and we look forward to the day we can attend the ground breaking ceremony."Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy commends the U.S. Department of Commerce for recently acting to protect the interests of Central Valley and California garlic farmers. This decision will bring more business to local farms, providing greater economic opportunity for families throughout the Central Valley. California’s fresh garlic growers-packers represent nearly all the United States’ commercial fresh garlic production.
In early June, the U.S. Department of Commerce determined that Qingdao Tiantaixing Foods Company and its Chinese affiliates were taking advantage of U.S. antidumping laws. Per McCarthy's suggestion, Commerce closed illegal “export funneling” by raising antidumping rate on these companies. In addition, Commerce also dismissed efforts by these Chinese garlic producers to “impersonate” the U.S. garlic industry for purposes of misusing U.S. antidumping laws. McCarthy issued the following statement on the decision:
"I applaud the actions taken by Secretary Ross and the International Trade Administration on illegal Chinese garlic exports. We cannot allow China and other bad agriculture actors to take advantage of U.S. trade laws to work against American farmers. The actions that Commerce has taken ensures that these Chinese garlic exporters do not receive an unfair competitive advantage over American farmers. I am pleased that Commerce heeded our call to ensure a level playing field for our garlic producers. When there is a level playing field, American farmers will continue to lead the world.”
Click here for a copy of Congressman McCarthy’s letter to Secretary Ross.
Click here for a copy of Secretary Ross’s letter to Congressman McCarthy.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) recently spoke to NBC’s TODAY Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager on Congress’s efforts to expand the GI Bill’s education benefits to include non-traditional technology education. Earlier this summer, the Harry W. Colmey Veterans Educational Assistance Act passed the House and Senate and awaits the president’s signature. Included in this bill is the VET TEC Act, sponsored by Leader McCarthy.
The VET TEC Act enables veterans to enroll in non-traditional technology courses and programs that are geared to getting a technology job after completion. This provision also provides the VA the necessary flexibility to approve these education programs, while also guarding against abuses. The TODAY Show highlights what some of these programs look like, how they are helping veterans find good jobs, and how congress fixed a problem that locked veterans out from pursuing these new education models.
Watch the full interview here.Read More
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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.