Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a House leadership press conference today on the House’s legislative actions to respond to the growing threat of terrorism in the wake of the Orlando massacre.
Full remarks are below or watch online here.
“We continue to mourn the loss of the innocent American lives. They were taken because of terrorism. I want to lay out to you exactly what we’ve been doing about it, preparing the floor, and the actions that we’ve taken.
“The Speaker asked after we saw what transpired of the other terrorist attacks, even that were abroad in Paris—so we put a task force together of our committees. We have moved nine bills off this floor in a large bipartisan manner. Three of them deal directly with the radicalization inside America of terrorism, six dealing with counterterrorism bills. Unfortunately, they sit inside the Senate.
“So this week, we will take these actions. First, today we will recess the House so everyone can attend the member only classified briefing that Chairman McCaul (TX-10) spoke of. Chairman McCaul’s committee as well has already had a hearing scheduled coming up. We’ll move it up in dealing with the Orlando attack.
“And finally, we will change our schedule this week to repackage the bills that have already passed that can deal with this for the future into one, resending it to the Senate, and asking them to take it up. These are large bipartisan bills. These are ones that can help fight what is going on around the world and now within our own country. For the sake of those innocent individuals who have lost their lives we have to make sure it does not happen again and that we’re best prepared to fight.”