Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy


Congressman Kevin McCarthy Commemorates Flag Day


Congressman Kevin McCarthy issued the following statement in recognition of Flag Day:

Today marks the birthday of our great flag -- Old Glory. On this day, we are reminded once more of the humble beginnings of a banner that now stands above all others. From the fiery birth of our Revolution, to the shores of Iwo Jima, all the way to the final frontier of the Moon, our flag has stood proud as an international icon for America and the values she stands for. Our national banner not only represents us as a country, but also stands as a beacon of hope for all who hunger for freedom worldwide. On Flag Day, we celebrate and stand proudly for our flag and all of those who have served to defend the freedoms it represents.

Flag Day was established in 1916, with the date of June 14th later designated in 1949. Flag Day commemorates the Flag Act that was passed on June 14, 1777, by the Second Continental Congress. If you would like to purchase a flag flown over the United States Capitol, you can contact Congressman McCarthy’s office at 661-327-3611, or visit his webpage here. A certificate accompanies each flag, and flags can be flown on specific dates to commemorate special occasions.  

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Spring Cleaning: House to Cut $15 Billion in Unused Funds


Congressman Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act.

Full remarks are below, or watch online here.

Video of Trump Rescissions Package | House to Cut $15 Billion in Unused Funds

“We are approaching the end of spring, but there is still enough time for a good spring cleaning.

“For families, that may mean doing yardwork or cleaning out a closet – maybe giving unused items to charity.

“For Congress – it means tackling long-overdue budgetary spring cleaning.

“There are billions and billions of taxpayer dollars – originally set up to fund different programs and projects – that cannot or will not be used for their intended purpose.

“Tonight the House will do something about it. We will take a first step in cleaning up the federal government’s accounts by voting on the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act.

“We aren’t talking about spare change here – tonight we have the opportunity to return $15 billion dollars – that’s billion with a ‘b’ – to Treasury.

“As members – we are charged with being good stewards of taxpayer money. That is a responsibility we all have – it shouldn’t be a partisan exercise. And historically – it hasn’t been.

“Congress accepted 214 of Ronald Reagan’s rescissions. It accepted 111 of Bill Clinton’s.

“President Trump’s spending cut request is a straightforward and smart way to trim a bloated federal budget.

“So where do these savings come from, you might ask. Have you ever heard of the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program?

“It’s an Obama-era subsidy program to green car companies like Fisker Automotive, which defaulted on its $192 million loan. Think Solyndra, but for luxury cars.

“This failed subsidy program hasn’t issued a loan since 2011, yet it has $4.33 billion sitting unused in its account.

“Can any member think of a good reason why that money should continue sitting in that account, where it cannot and will not be used or will be wasted on other, non-related programs? I’d love to hear a reason, but I don’t think one is coming.

“So what else does this bill clean up? It also brings back expired funds from the CHIP program.

“Now – before anyone claims Republicans are cutting CHIP funding – let’s look at the facts.

“Republicans passed and President Trump signed the longest reauthorization of CHIP in the program’s history, guaranteeing its funding for 10 years – a full decade.

“Republicans have made sure CHIP isn’t going anywhere. We have removed any uncertainty about the stability of funding for that program.

“The funds we are rescinding tonight were appropriated long ago and will not be used for their intended purpose now. And in fact – Democrats voted to rescind those exact CHIP funds just months ago because they know they can’t be used for their intended purpose.

“I’d like to remind my colleagues that the Minority Whip said he wouldn’t oppose – and I quote – “money laying in an account that has not been spent for 1, 2, 3 years.” He even called it “a reasonable thing to do.”

“So instead of partisan rhetoric and doomsday speeches, let’s see this bill for what it really is – a smart approach to cleaning up unused accounts in the federal budget.

“Before tonight’s vote each and every member of the House should consider this question: If this body cannot be trusted to reclaim money that will not or cannot be used for its intended purpose . . . Can we really be trusted to save money anywhere else? I yield the floor.”

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Congressman McCarthy Announces $50 Million Grant Award to City of Bakersfield for Critical Roadway


Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s intention to award $50 million to the City of Bakersfield to complete the Centennial Corridor State Route 58/99 Freight Improvement Project through the Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program.

Additional information on DOT’s proposed awards can be viewed here.

The Centennial Corridor Project was first conceived in 2005 and initially funded through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act. Since being elected to the House, Congressman McCarthy has been a staunch advocate for funding the Centennial Corridor Project and bringing it to completion. In November 2017, Congressman McCarthy sent Secretary Chao a letter in support of funding the project.  A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

Upon completion, the Centennial Corridor Project will connect State Route 58 to the Westside Parkway, enhancing ease of transportation throughout Bakersfield. The completion of the Centennial Corridor Project marks a watershed moment in Bakersfield, and underscores over a decade of work on behalf of the city and federal government to bring this project to fruition.

 Congressman Kevin McCarthy issued the following statement:

"With this announcement, President Trump is keeping his promise to revitalize America’s infrastructure. The City of Bakersfield will now enter the final sprint on a project that has been over ten years in the making. I cannot understate how important this is for Bakersfield, and I am thrilled that our dream of a better-connected city will soon be a reality for those who live and work in our community. The Central Valley and Bakersfield are some of the most critical commerce zones in the State of California, and this project will save both commercial freight truckers and local motorists countless hours on the road each year, not only making our daily commutes shorter, but also reducing emissions for a cleaner, healthier Valley. I applaud the Administration, the Department of Transportation, the City of Bakersfield, the Kern Council of Governments, and all those who made this achievement possible.”


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House Passes Major Water Infrastructure Bill


Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018:

“As a Californian, I know water can be the difference between poverty and prosperity. The Golden State’s audacious water projects made a middle-class life possible for so many Californians. They helped a desert bloom into a garden.

“Just like in California, water infrastructure has helped transform the face of America. This infrastructure supports the movement of approximately $3.8 billion worth of goods each day in all 50 states.

“But today across the country our water infrastructure is aging – and in some case failing.

“Today the House passed WRDA to strengthen our nation’s ports, waterways, dams, and other vital infrastructure. Building on the reforms passed by the Republican-led Congress in 2014, this bill improves oversight and transparency to ensure that water infrastructure projects pay off for Americans as they have for Californians.

“I commend Rep. Bill Shuster (PA-9) for his hard work to support water infrastructure with this year’s WRDA. Strong water infrastructure will keep American goods flowing and protect our communities from natural disasters like flooding.”

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NDAA: House Passes Major Defense Bill


Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the passage of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“The 2019 NDAA continues Congress’s effort to support our troops by rebuilding a dominant military. The bill increases funding for troop readiness, research, and acquisition of next-generation weapons. It also authorizes the largest pay raise in nine years for our troops. This is a well-deserved reward for the men and women who keep America safe.

“The United States faces threats from predatory powers such as China, rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea, and radical terrorist groups. America desires peace with all nations, but we must be prepared to meet every threat with overwhelming force if necessary. As Memorial Day approaches, Congress has passed an NDAA that will help our military deter conflict and achieve total victory on future battlefields.”

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GOP Leading the Charge Against the Opioid Crisis


USA TODAY | May 23, 2018
Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Our nation is in the midst of the deadliest drug crisis in history — a crisis fueled by opioids.

More than 630,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses since the turn of the century. That means more people have died from drugs in less than two decades as those who died in the Civil War. More than half of the deaths in 2016 involved opioids.

This death toll is staggering, but the consequences of drugs are not limited just to the more than two million Americans who are addicted to them.

Drugs inflict enormous damage on American families and communities by tearing spouses, parents, friends and neighbors away from the relationships that make life meaningful.

In Kern County, Calif., my home, opioids killed 51 people just in 2016. Citizens of Ridgecrest, a nearby town, hold an Overdose Awareness Day each year to remember the neighbors they lose to overdoses.

The drug trade endangers brave law enforcement officers who are on the front lines of the opioid crisis.

Drugs even harm the youngest and most vulnerable among us. The number of babies suffering from withdrawal because of their mothers’ opioid abuse has increased five-fold since 2000. So even as we attempt to heal the current generation of people addicted to drugs, the next generation is being exposed to drugs in the womb.

Beating the deadliest drug crisis in history will require nothing less than the biggest response in history.

That response is already under way, led by President Trump and Republicans in Congress.

In 2016, the Republican-led Congress passed and President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, which provides critical resources to states, cities and nonprofits to fight opioid abuse.

Because of CARA, more health care professionals are licensed to prescribe addiction treatment medications to patients. This reform is important especially for patients in rural areas with few doctors.

CARA was an umbrella attempt to limit the damage of the opioid crisis. As the carnage from drugs continues to mount, Americans should know that more help is on the way.

Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, instructing federal agencies to increase their efforts to stop illegal drugs at the border and raise awareness about over-prescription of painkillers.

The House of Representatives is hard at work to support the president’s efforts. No fewer than eight committees are working on bills to combat the opioid crisis. The Energy and Commerce Committee considered and advanced 25 opioid bills last week alone.

Congress is advancing bills that would help precisely those people who are most threatened by opioids.

For example, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act would reform an outdated law so that patients’ substance abuse history can be listed in their medical records. This bill, promoted by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., will give doctors access to information that can prevent tragic overdoses and improve patient safety.

The STOP Act, promoted by Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., would reduce the flow of Chinese fentanyl into our country by giving law enforcement new tools to detect suspicious packages in the mail.

These are just two of the more than 60 bills the Republican-led Congress is considering to combat the opioid crisis.

As important as our legislative agenda is to solving this crisis, healing the wounds of drug abuse will take more than government.

It will take a commitment by every citizen to fulfill our duties to one another. That means supporting people near us who are struggling with drug addiction — and supporting their family members and loved ones, as well.

In illegal drugs, America faces an enemy that has claimed more lives than the bloodiest war in our history. We need all hands on deck to defeat it.

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House Sends ‘Right to Try’ to President Trump


Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act:

“Americans don’t give up hope. We try and we try and we try until we succeed. So there is nothing more disheartening then when patients facing life-threatening illnesses are told they don’t even have the right to try a potentially life saving cure. Giving up isn’t who we are. This legislation is a testament to the great will of the American people. It confirms that deep American belief that as long as there is will, there is hope. Today, people who were told they didn’t have a chance can now have a little more hope. Thanks to Representatives Andy Biggs and Brian Fitzpatrick for their leadership and relentless advocacy on this issue.”

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House Passes Major Prison Reform Bill


Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act:

“Inmates should be given a fair shot at returning home as responsible citizens after they have paid their debt to society for certain crimes. Yet our federal prison system subjects many inmates to harsh punishments without merit, isolation, and idleness that make it challenging for them to transition back to ordinary life.

“The FIRST STEP Act passed today by the House will bring meaningful change for thousands of inmates incarcerated in the federal prison system. The bill will provide inmates with individualized support such as jobs training during and after their period of incarceration. The bill also will improve prison conditions and ensure inmates are incarcerated within reasonable driving distance of their families. These evidence-based reforms reduce the likelihood that inmates will reoffend once they return to society.

“President Trump asked Congress to get a prison reform bill to his desk. Today, this House has done its job. I want to thank Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9) for introducing strong reforms that will protect public safety and help inmates earn a second chance at life.”

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House Votes to Support Those Who Have Served


Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement after House passage of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (the VA MISSION Act of 2018):

“This legislation is part of our country’s fulfillment of gratitude to the over 21 million veterans who have served and protected the United States. This Congress has worked to return the VA to its core mission of service and to make sure we, as Americans, keep our promises to provide for our veterans. And today, the House stood together by passing the VA MISSION Act to make sure our nation’s heroes have access to the care they need in a timely and complete manner. This bill will increase options and access to care at the VA and throughout our communities – including at walk-in clinics that may be more convenient and immediate in addressing the health needs of our veterans. Our veterans deserve timely and accessible care while we continue to reform the VA so it reflects the best our country has to offer for their service

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McCarthy Speaks at White House on CA Sanctuary Laws


Congressman Kevin McCarthy spoke at the White House today during a roundtable discussion on California’s dangerous sanctuary policies.

Remarks are below, or watch online here.

“First of all, I want to thank all of you. I think most people around the country do not realize how your hands are tied behind your back. The only thing you want to do is have safe streets, safe neighborhoods, and protect your communities.

“One of the greatest strengths of this nation, and we’re fortunate to be in this room–is the rule of law. They are breaking down society by breaking down the rule of law. It’s unacceptable that if you have a known criminal that you can’t communicate with ICE.

“We know how bad this, but from one aspect we should be excited–we have a new President that understands this problem. Since he has taken office we have lowered the illegal crossings across this border. That stops gang members from coming across. He has started building the wall with $1.6 billion. And you know where that wall started to be built– in California. He has pushed a number of bills through, one to try to stop sanctuary cities and to reward those who uphold the Constitution. Second, to stop MS-13 gang members. You know what’s interesting after we moved that bill? The Governor of New York, Mr. Cuomo who thought [MS-13] wasn’t a problem–I saw him sign similar [legislation] the other day because he watched what was happening as well.

“So collectively it was city councils and sheriffs and you listened to your community–you saw the problem that was going on. Things are improving and that’s why I’m so thankful for this President to call us together because collectively we’ll be stronger…. We’re in this together and we’re in it for the Constitution. We’re in it for the security and the safety of our streets and I thank you for leading the way.”

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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.

Serving With

Doug LaMalfa


Tom McClintock


Paul Cook


Jeff Denham


David Valadao


Devin Nunes


Steve Knight


Ed Royce


Ken Calvert


Mimi Walters


Dana Rohrabacher


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