Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a leadership press conference today on the House’s actions to improve security at home and around the world.

Leader McCarthy’s full remarks are below, or watch online here.

“As we look forward to the State of the Union tonight, we know that the President talks about [how] this will be a different State of the Union. I’m hopeful it’s not one of those farewell tours for an entire year of just speaking of what he thinks could have been accomplished.

“But, the one thing that the Speaker talked about, the number one issue in the country we hope this President talks about is security. From Paris to San Bernardino to Philadelphia to Istanbul this morning—we are living in an unsafe world, and it has to be addressed. Now the House will not sit back and wait for the President to finally come up with a plan. If you watch on the floor today, before the President enters to give his State of the Union, we’ll vote on new sanctions on North Korea. Tomorrow, before we depart for our retreat, we’ll vote on sanctions for Iran. 

“You’ll find today’s vote will be a very large bipartisan vote from Republicans and Democrats. If the House is addressing this issue, we hope the President will address the issue at the State of the Union.”