Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) gave the following remarks at today’s GOP leadership press conference:
“I want to thank Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-5) and Chairman John Kline (MN-2) for the work that they took up more than a year ago. As you heard, it took the Senate some time to try and move it out. But I want to congratulate the Senate for doing it.
“Now, there’s other parts that we have to talk about – what the Senate is not doing. The House, by the end of this week, will have taken up half the appropriations bills. The Senate has not done any. The fundamental job of the House and Senate is to move their own budget and move their appropriations bills.
“I want to give you a number: two hundred and ninety-four. Two hundred and ninety-four are the number of bills that have passed this working House that have gone to stall inside the Senate that has done, again, nothing. But it’s not just Republicans who are complaining. Let me read you a couple quotes from some Democrat Senators.
“Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) says, ‘I got more substance on the floor of the House in the minority than I have as a member of the Senate majority.’
“Joe Manchin (D-WV) says, ‘I’ve never been in a less productive time in my life than I am right now in the U.S. Senate,’ who has not received a roll-call vote on an amendment since June of last year, he told TIME Magazine.
“As we travel our districts, we hear the frustrations about Washington. For Washington to work, the Senate and the White House have to begin to work. And the first place they can begin is the 294 bills that have passed this House and are sitting over in their chamber.”