Mar 25, 2015

Leader McCarthy: Republican Budget is a Vision for the Future

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) today spoke on the House floor outlining the Republican budget and his vision for a stronger America built on fiscal responsibility:

Excerpts of McCarthy’s remarks, followed by the full speech, are below, or watch them online here.

“Today, the House will adopt a budget. A budget is a vision for the future. And Republicans are making our vision very clear. In our vision, Washington lives within its means. In our vision, we don’t raise taxes on the American people. In our vision, we set the stage for a strong American future.”

“Today, we look forward to a simpler and fairer tax code. Today, we look forward to an end of Obamacare. Today, we look forward to saving our children and grandchildren from reckless spending by balancing the budget in less than ten years. Today, we start growing America’s economy, not Washington’s. That’s the big contrast between what the Republicans and Democrats have to offer. You see, the Democrats continue to call for higher taxes, more spending, and more debt.”

“To get to a better future Republicans understand that we have to make tough choices—choices today to create opportunities for us tomorrow. You see, I believe the best days are in front of us. We are an exceptional nation. We are too strong and too good to ever be kept down. Sometimes we might have leadership in the White House that doesn’t want to make the tough choices. But Americans are remarkably resilient and America will always be better than our faults.” 

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“I thank the Speaker and I thank the gentleman for yielding, and especially to Chairman Price for his work.

“Budgets are never easy. Lots of times, some don’t even bring a budget to the floor, and I want to thank you for your work and thank everybody else.

“I also know the work is hard on the other side of the aisle. I may not agree with your argument, and part of me feels sorry for you that nobody else in your conference is down here to even join you. But you’re making the fight by yourself very strongly, and I thank the gentleman for that. This is a body to debate. And I thank you for filling the time.

“You know, today, the House will adopt a budget. A budget is a vision for the future. And Republicans are making our vision very clear. In our vision, Washington lives within its means. In our vision, we don’t raise taxes on the American people. In our vision, we set the stage for a strong American future.

“Our vision looks to the road ahead, not to the rearview behind us.

 “We face many challenges here at home and abroad, but we can tackle those challenges and create a more prosperous America if we choose a better path.

 “This budget is a better path.

 “Today, we look forward to a simpler and fairer tax code. Today, we look forward to an end of Obamacare. Today, we look forward to saving our children and grandchildren from reckless spending by balancing the budget in less than ten years. Today, we start growing America’s economy, not Washington’s.

 “That’s the big contrast between what the Republicans and Democrats have to offer. You see, the Democrats continue to call for higher taxes, more spending, and more debt. In fact, the Democrats’ budget has all the same tax increases that President Obama’s budget has.

“But I do want to give them credit. At least they actually submitted a budget this year. You see, it was only in 2010 when the Democrats became the very first majority party since the Budget Act of 1974 had passed, when they didn’t offer a budget here, when they were in the majority, let alone get one out of committee. I think the American public saw that vision and made a change of who was in the majority after that.  

“At least the President has actually submitted a budget every year… eventually. He did that. But just like the Democrats’ budget, none of the President’s budgets even balanced. They didn’t balance in ten, they didn’t balance in a hundred years.

“His budgets—the President’s, Mr. Speaker—have been so bad that altogether on this floor he has only gotten 2 votes in the House for his entire Presidency. I understand why my friend on the other side of the aisle has more difficulty with those coming down to join him.

“So while Republicans are attacking the debt seriously, the President and Congressional Democrats are not. Their budgets, in my view, are propaganda. Not a path to the future. To get to a better future Republicans understand that we have to make tough choices—choices today to create opportunities for us tomorrow.

“You see, I believe the best days are in front of us. We are an exceptional nation. We are too strong and too good to ever be kept down. Sometimes we might have leadership in the White House that doesn’t want to make the tough choices. But Americans are remarkably resilient and America will always be better than our faults.

“You see, America is an idea and as long as we have the wisdom to listen and the courage to lead, that idea will never fail. So I ask my Members to join with me and I hope my talk today helped my friend on the other side get some others to join him.

“I yield back.”