Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) gave the following remarks at today’s leadership press conference: To watch Whip McCarthy’s remarks, click here.
TRANSCRIPT: “Thank you and good morning. There’s a lot going on this week. I’m sure you’re going to write about a bunch of what happens on the floor, but I want to emphasize two important things. The Speaker and Leader talked about it. One of the first things you want to see from a business is what they’re investing in research and development for the future. That’s your biggest indicator going forward. One of the greatest strengths America has is innovation. On both sides of the aisle, everybody’s talked about one of the greatest needs: to end uncertainty. Well, making R&D permanent puts America on that step forward to be able to compete. It’s not competing state by state. We compete in a world economy. And we’ve got to be prepared to have a process that allows us to stay on the same starting line as everybody else. This is a very big bill. I do not want to lose sight of what’s happening. I do not want to lose sight of what people have said in the past and what they firmly believe to end uncertainty. “We all know that education is the great equalizer. But there are today almost one million kids on a waiting list for charter schools. Just a little under one million waiting on a waiting list. There’s a need for expansion. If you watch this Republican Conference, we have a 178 members that have charters school in their district. They’ve been going out and visiting them, seeing others. Then you look at our Chairman Kline, partnered with the Democratic counterpart on his Committee, Mr. Miller, on a bipartisan bill coming to the floor. Since we last spent some time together, I want to highlight two interesting articles I read. One today in the New York Times. This isn’t coming from numbers in the Administration when it comes to Obamacare, because we haven’t been able to get the numbers. He only touts the 8 million. But the insurers are saying many of that is duplicate. The people inside the website that we all know that wasn’t successful – the President highlighted at the White House Correspondence Dinner – a lot of them were duplicates. It goes back to the questions we continue to ask: How many have paid their premiums? How many will continue? How many are duplicates? “The other article I bring up is a USA Today poll. Sixty-five percent of Americans want the next President to go in a new policy direction for America. It goes to the question that the Speaker has continued to say. We talk about more than 200 bills. I believe it’s more than 230 bills that are sitting in the Senate today that haven’t seen the light of day. It’s time for Harry Reid to let the idea win. What are you afraid of? Have the competition. If it came through the House, it had the wisdom and the vote to go forward.”