PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News exclusively that all options are on the table when it comes to how a Republican majority next would pressure Democrat President Joe Biden to achieve the GOP “Commitment to America”Agenda and Roll Back the Biden Agenda.
“We’re going to use every means possible to have the pressure to implement the Commitment to America and at the same time put America back on the right track,”McCarthy stated. “This runaway spending that the Democrats have been doing — you’ve got to rein it in. You have to be willing to do that.”
McCarthy’s interview came Thursday evening before a Friday morning rollout of the House Republican “Commitment to America”Agenda ahead of the midterm election. McCarthy would be the most likely to take the House Speaker’s seat if Republicans retake the House majority.
Specifically, McCarthy said, House Republicans are prepared to use the power of the purse — the Appropriations process by which Congress disburses money for the government to spend — to implement the agenda. McCarthy suggested that the Congressional Review Act could be used to reverse the regulations set up by the Biden administration. And if Republicans get control of the U.S. Senate as well, he suggested reconciliation as a possibility to force bills onto Biden’s desk for the president to either veto or sign. McCarthy stated that House Republicans have prepared for any scenario, hoping to secure the Senate, but being ready to rock and roll should they get the House.
“There are a number of areas you can do it in,”McCarthy stated. “But what you really need to have happen is we need to win the House and the Senate. So the day after the election, we’re preparing for both items, right? Do we just win the House? Or if we win the House and the Senate, we have more options. You have the Congressional Review Act. You can repeal regulations within a specific timeframe with just 51 votes in the Senate. We’re preparing for a number of those. You have the Appropriations process where you can go through to be able to do this. But if we win both of them, you also have reconciliation where we can go through and put something on his desk in the process.”
McCarthy’s comments come after Biden warned two weeks ago that if the GOP takes both chambers of Congress in November, he will be facing a “difficult two years”Expects to spend a lot of time. “with the veto pen.”
“If we lose the House and we lose the Senate, it’s going to be a really difficult two years,” Biden told donors this month according to the Associated Press. “I’ll be spending more time with the veto pen than getting anything done.”
Questioned about the huge “bipartisan”McCarthy said that bills have passed Congress with broad Democrat support but large groups of Republican support. This trend will end if Republicans regain control of the House. He noted also that current Republican Senate candidate are more bold than the outgoing GOP establishment senators. Therefore, he anticipates that this mindset of trying to make deals with Democrats will fade in 2014.
“I don’t think you’re going to see that out of the Senate. I really like the candidates I see going. If they get the majority, that all stops,”McCarthy stated. “You also need to think about — is the Senate going to generate or is the House? We’re the only ones with the plan. You’ve got to realize the Democrats have no plan. They created these problems with no plan to fix them.”
McCarthy noted that the reason those types of bills are passing this Congress is because Democrats know they need to work around the filibuster so they generate bills mostly from the Senate to get them past the filibuster and get at least ten Republicans on board — then have the House pass them. He said that the dynamic will change next year, as the House will generate the majority of the bills.
“Now the House is sending it to them,” McCarthy said, referring to how he expects next year’s Congress to work. “If they send that from the Senate to the House it’s not going anywhere. That’s why the House is so important. That’s why all your viewers and listeners go to TaketheHouse.com, and they need to join with us. It’s not just putting it out there, it’s join with us and not just join with us on election but help us get this through. We’ll get it through the House, but we’ll need their help getting it through the Senate.”
McCarthy indicated that Republicans could also win the Senate, and the focus will shift immediately to Biden and his agenda. But if they take just the House, he predicted the heat will be on a battle between the two chambers — and looking down Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House. McCarthy claimed that Republicans will have more leverage if they control both chambers. This includes in Senate confirmation fights.
“If we end up with just the House, this is where the battle is going to be,”McCarthy stated. “They’re going to come after us every step of the way. But they already do this to us now. The difference now is we are going to have committees. We have a responsibility for a check and balance. They’re not just going to have free rein anymore. I suspect that [Dr. Anthony] Fauci will resign before we’re sworn in. If we win the House and the Senate, and he resigns, his replacement will need to get confirmed and that gives us a lot of ability to help get in the Commitment to America.”
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