Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on President Trump's proposal to secure the border, fix additional aspects of our broken immigration system, and reopen the government:
"President Trump has put forward a serious and reasonable offer to reform parts of our broken immigration system, including stronger and more effective border security. It will also reopen parts of the federal government that are shut down. This proposal represents the truest form of compromise -- just as our Founders intended government to work. Each component has bipartisan support and presents a historic opportunity to solve a persistent problem. The moment now turns to Democrat leaders in Washington. The country is watching. Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer need to drop the resistance and start working with Republicans to get this done."
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the appointment of Bakersfield resident Ernest Conant as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director:
“Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Burman could not have chosen a more qualified or experienced individual than Ernest Conant to serve as the Mid-Pacific Regional Director. Ernest will draw on his vast experience working on Kern County and Central Valley water issues over the years to advance the important initiatives the Bureau of Reclamation is engaged in to enhance water supplies in our state and region. I congratulate Ernest on his appointment, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.”
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights that California violated federal non-discrimination laws:
“Civil rights are for everyone, no matter your politics or faith. Yet California law discriminated against pro-life citizens, trying to make them complicit in the brutal injustice of abortion.
“Today the Office for Civil Rights found that California law violated federal non-discrimination laws by forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion—an act of violence that contradicts these centers’ healing mission.
“Together with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in NIFLA v. Becerra, this is yet another reminder that California’s discriminatory law was wrong. Moreover, this marks the very first time the Weldon Amendment has been enforced under HHS’s new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom.
“President Trump, Secretary Azar and OCR Director Roger Severino should be commended for their steadfast leadership and dedication to protecting the civil rights of countless individuals. I will continue to work with the Administration to strengthen conscience and civil rights protections for all Americans.”
BACKGROUND: In 2017, Congressman McCarthy and other Republican Members urged then-Secretary Tom Price to investigate Weldon Amendment violations across the country, including the California abortion mandate and AB 775.
In addition, last January, Congressman McCarthy spoke at the opening of the new HHS religious freedom division. He again urged the division to investigate civil rights abuses in California.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the election of State Senator Shannon Grove as the Republican Leader in the California State Senate:
“The unanimous decision by California State Senate Republicans to elect Shannon Grove as Republican Leader speaks to the hard work, experience and vision that she will bring to the table as Republican Leader in Sacramento. Having served in both the State Assembly and now the Senate, I am confident that Shannon will be able to draw on her vast knowledge and experience as a small businesswoman and legislator to lead the Republican caucus with conviction and integrity when she assumes the position on March 1st. I congratulate Leader-elect Grove on this achievement, and I look forward to continuing to work with her toward the betterment of California.”Read More
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on California wildfire relief:
“I was with the President and Governor Gavin Newsom last year when we toured the devastation from the wildfires. The President and his administration understand the severity of the devastation and have delivered for Californians. House Republicans worked with the administration to pass supplemental appropriations in October of 2017 and February of 2018 that provided California access to tens of billions of dollars of disaster relief and recovery funding, in addition to funding for specific fire prevention and suppression. The Republican House also passed an additional $8 billion supplemental in December of last year, including $720 million for specific wildfire accounts. I will continue to work with the administration and our California Republican and Democrat elected officials to ensure that California continues to receive needed disaster-related funding.
“The President's message shows clear frustration about an important issue that has not been resolved - how we deal with addressing wildfires in California going forward so that more lives aren't at risk. We are all frustrated with the lack of proper forest management that could mitigate the damage our communities have experienced and will certainly experience in the future.
“This issue is too important for Californians, so Republicans will offer an amendment to the Democrat’s spending bills that will be voted on the floor this week to increase money for forest management that will help prevent and reduce the devastation from wildfires that we saw a couple months ago. I look forward to Speaker Pelosi and the entire delegation joining me to make California forests healthier and communities safer.”
Congressman Kevin McCarthy joined Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the government shutdown and Democrats refusing to offer serious solutions.
Excerpts of Congressman McCarthy's interview can be found below, or you can watch the full video here.
ON THE SHUTDOWN:
"Well, we are going to have to find compromise. But one thing you have to see with the vote yesterday for Speaker, you realize why Nancy has not been serious about any offer...I hope they come back with a serious offer this time. But, as you see from that press, this is really her shutdown because she wants to shut the government down for that point.”
ON THE DEMOCRATS’ UNSERIOUS OFFER:
“Think about what the Democrats have voted on numerous times before. They have voted for a wall and fencing on a number of occasions even at a higher number. Look at what's happening in California when they put a wall up in San Diego - 95% improvement. Or El Paso or Yuma. We know it works. And it’s part of an overall plan for border security. And think for one moment - and I brought this up in our meeting at the White House to Nancy before. Officer Singh - he lost his life. That individual - where was that individual going after he shot Officer Singh? On his way to Mexico and he was picked up in my district, thanks to our sheriff, was able to pick him up before he left. Those are serious things that are happening in America today. And that's why we need border security and that's why we are standing with this president.”
ON DEMOCRATS IGNORING THE SECURITY CRISIS AT THE BORDER:
“It was very embarrassing because we were asked to come down to have a briefing. We went to the Situation Room - a serious room just to talk about the crisis, what is happening on the border right now. They [Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi] would not even let the Secretary speak. They interrupted her right away. And then finally, when she was able to interject and bring a few facts up, they didn't agree with the facts. They said that's not true. I mean, I have never seen anything like it. They were playing politics and this is where the President was so good. He turned and looked and said, you know what? Let's meet on Friday after your election because it doesn't seem like you could actually be serious until then. So I’m hopeful today there can be a serious offer."
ON DEMOCRATS' CRUDE LANGUAGE TOWARD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
"You see what their real motive is - not only bring up articles of impeachment, look at the brand new elected Congresswoman and her language of what she says to her son in a rally that she thought was private last night. Their whole focus here is to try to attack this President while we are trying to move America forward. Look, I can work with anybody that wants to move America forward. But when they are just going to play these type of games, you will find this Conference to be very strong and stand up for what's right with this country and this president."
Congressman Kevin McCarthy delivered the following remarks today to welcome the 116th Congress:
"Colleagues, friends, and fellow Americans, it is my honor to serve with you and to welcome you to the first day of the 116th Congress of the United States House of Representatives.
"We are here in this chamber because of the faith of our neighbors and the support of our families. We are here today to represent the voice and the vote of 325 million Americans.
"I would like everyone to pause and reflect on this fact…
"In the last 230 years, dating back to the founding of our republic, fewer than 11,000 Americans have had the privilege to stand here as a member of this House – chosen by their fellow citizens to represent them in Washington.
"What an amazing, invigorating, and sometimes frustrating experiment this is … Representative Democracy.
"The ink was barely dry on the Constitution when Ben Franklin wondered out loud whether this new nation was capable of keeping its government – and the freedom it has granted us from generation to generation.
"Centuries later, people still harbor similar concerns. They wonder if Congress truly represents them. If it is still capable of solving big problems.
"Well, there are no guarantees. It is up to us … all of us in this room … to make Congress work.
"To create and debate—just as our Founding Fathers did many years ago… with courage, commitment and resolve.
"We are a very small group with a very large responsibility.
"The burden on us 435 Americans is to represent 325 million Americans faithfully. To work together so that tomorrow is better than today.
"As Ronald Reagan advised us, America is too great for small dreams. When we work together, we succeed together.
"We are now entering a period of divided government, but that is no excuse for gridlock and inaction.
"We are at our best when we focus not on retribution but on building a more perfect union.
"But while we seek cooperation, there is one core principle upon which we will not compromise. Republicans will always choose personal freedom over government control.
"This very floor has hosted some of the toughest debates in our nation’s history—but also its noblest achievements.
"This House has weathered times of triumph and crisis.
"It still stands because it is built-- not on sand--but on the solid rock of Constitutional principles.
"Today marks a new chapter in this House’s pursuit of a more perfect union.
"The country knows Nancy Pelosi as an experienced politician with three decades of service in Congress. A fighter for her cause. And a trailblazer.
"Even when we disagree with one another completely -- it is important to remember that we are bonded together in a common cause ... Our love for America.
"As fellow citizens and friends, let us lead together and show the people that we are truly their voice and their vote.
"In that spirit, in the pursuit of a more perfect union, and in the unshakable belief that America was, is and will always be the greatest country on the face of the earth, I extend the hand of friendship to every member of this body.
"And to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, I extend to you this gavel.
"Thank you and God bless you."
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement after House Democrats voted against H.Res 11 as the Motion To Commit to add language to H. Res. 5, calling on the House to not adjourn until the full government is funded and open again:
“The House’s number-one priority is negotiating an end to the government shutdown. Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer themselves have called on Congress to stay in session until the shutdown is over. But it seems the Democrats are more concerned with rhetoric than results.
“Not three hours into the new Congress, every single Democrat voted against a resolution that would have ensured the House stayed in session until the government is funded and re-opened. They voted down this measure knowing full well that the funding bills they passed without border security would never be agreed to by the Senate, much less the President. The Democrats have offered an unserious solution to a serious problem — and now it seems they want to go home.
"Already the Democrats have given the American people a good reason to doubt their sincerity in negotiating an end to the government shutdown.”
Congressman McCarthy released the following statement on House Democrats’ repeal of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy, which keeps U.S. foreign aid money from being used to perform or promote abortion:
“Earlier today Speaker Pelosi quoted a prayer by Saint Francis: ‘Lord make me a channel of thy peace.’ Hours later, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats voted to allow foreign aid money to be used to perform and promote the violence of abortion overseas.
“House Democrats are trying to force funding of abortion on an unwilling American people and unwilling foreign cultures. The Democrats’ bill also increases funding to the United Nations Population Fund, an international body that is complicit in human rights abuses such as China’s coercive family-planning policies. Simply put, this bill is a disaster for America’s reputation as a defender of freedom and human rights in the world.
“House Republicans fought to save pro-life protections by amending the Democrats’ bill. Sadly the Democrats thwarted our efforts. Instead of handing taxpayer money to international abortion advocates, Speaker Pelosi should heed the words of the Pope named after Saint Francis: ‘Every life counts: from the beginning to the end, from conception to natural death.’”
Congressman McCarthy released the following statement on funding the government:
“Tonight the House passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open, secure our borders, and provide relief to communities harmed by natural disasters.
“Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats now have to decide whether it is worth shutting down the government to keep us from securing our border.”
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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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