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Kevin McCarthy
  House GOP Leader Mc Carthy Weekly News Conference  CSPAN  May 2, 2019 3:05pm-3:22pm EDT

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we carry her in our hearts. congresswoman ellen tauscher of california. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] mr. mccarthy: first, let me apologize for being late. it's something i don't like to do. i don't control the floor anymore so, i'm sorry. good afternoon. i want to start, first, by recognize day of remembrance. a time when our nation pauses to remember the millions of lives lost during the atrocities of the holocaust and the valiant actions of those who risked it all, to bring it to an end. this is a time to reflect on
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our fight against anti-semitism. it's ongoing and we must combat it with everything we have as a nation. last year, the instances of anti-semitism rose by historic levels. already this year, we have had two horrific shootings at synagogues. just last week, and in pittsburgh. this is a stark reminder that our fight against anti-semitism is not over. we should all pledge to never shut our eyes to anti-semitism and to continue to pose evil wherever it may surface. that is why we should stand united to oppose b.d.s., the boycott divest and sanctions, a movement that believes the state of israel should not exist. we are introducing an identical resolution to the senate s. 1, which included anti-b.d.s. language. it received bipartisan support in the senate, more than 77
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votes. how many pieces of legislation has ever come out of the senate, especially this year, with 77 votes? the senate has stood against b.d.s. the house should do the same. now, i want to shift back to discuss what is happening this morning within our congressional committees. leading up to the days planned hearing at the house judiciary committee, where we expected to hear from a.g., attorney general barr, chairman nadler decided to change the rules. to satisfy the very obvious desire to impeach president trump. only one time has staff questioned a cabinet level official, and that was during an impeachment hearing. attorney general barr has been very transparent. if you read the mueller report, the first volume, 90% of all of it is to the public.
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98% is available in the second volume. there's no collusion, and i believe it's time for our country to move forward. i know democrats did not like the outcome of the last election. they did not like the outcome of 22 months of investigation, and they didn't like the answer. but this country believes we need to move forward. attorney general barr has been very transparent. brought forward the information. i think it's time to stop wasting this majority and actually get something done for the american public. so let me open up there for questions. yes, ma'am. reporter: lindsey graham said after yesterday's hearing, i'm done, it's over, i don't need to hear from mueller anymore. do you want to hear anything from the special counsel? do you want him to come up here and testify? mr. mccarthy: i don't need to. we've gotten all the information. i mean, think of the volumes and all the questions prior wanting to make sure what the
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democrats were question, could we see the mueller report? 90% of volume one is all open to the public. 98% of the second volume. if you look and listen to the american public -- and not just my district. go to those who are running for president. go to democrats out there. go to democrats in congress that are holding town halls. they are not getting questions about mueller. yes, they are getting questions about health care, medicare for all. they are getting questions about infrastructure and others. shouldn't they focus on what the american public expects and what the american public wants? yes, sir. reporter: president trump reportedly has agreed with speaker pelosi and senator schumer to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure. do you support spending $2 trillion given that the projected budget deficit is $1.1 trillion and the national debt is over $22 trillion? mr. mccarthy: i support working on an infrastructure bill. it's the pay-for that's real concerning to me, especially
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with the amount of debt we have. there are bipartisan ideas out there where we should start. one is the gain act. this is a piece of legislation that's supported by the freedom caucus and on the democratic side, the black caucus supports it as well. in is one that looks at excess government property, to sell that and you could use that on infrastructure. it would focus on the 100 poorest districts in our country. i think that's a very good start where we could begin. i disagree with the democrats thinking they want to raise taxes to pay for infrastructure. before they went to see the president, they said they would have to change the current tax code, that they would raise the rates of americans. now, this is not unusual for the democrats. their first bill, h.r. 1, would take -- if they raise $200, would take $1,200 from the american public. current proposal by democrat senator who's running for president, she now thinks we should raise taxes and give american $600 so they can then
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spend on politics. it's a common denominator within the democrats. i think that would be a nonstarter. yes, sir. reporter: a follow-up to that, the president in his meeting to nancy pelosi and senator schumer trashed his own infrastructure plan crafted by gary cohen said it's so stupid. do you think the public-private model is right? mr. mccarthy: i think public-private has worked in a lot of places and i think you should utilize that element -- use that element as we go forward as one of the options through here. it's a way that you could leverage money further. you could go farther. i think it works in some areas and some places there are other areas that work as well too. it's kind of all of the above. yes, sir. reporter: so speaker pelosi was standing at the podium an hour and a half, two hours ago and said the attorney general has lied, committed a crime. e said the president has
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denied officials to subpoenas, amounts to obstruction of justice. what's your quick reaction to that? mr. mccarthy: i don't believe attorney general barr lied. i believe he's been very transparent in all of this. i think if people are looking at who has lied in the process, simply look at chairman nadler. chairman nadler asked the attorney general to come and he said yes. after the attorney general said he would come to the committee, to speak to every member, they moved to change the rules. even cnn cannot find any history of that happening before. e only time an individual, a staffer questioned somebody was during watergate. nadler has been wanting to impeach the day after the election. he can't have the facts to prove of why he should, but he will not stop.
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this is what the american public is frustrated about, the politics of attacking individuals. when you look at the democratic party, they now want to weaponize the i.r.s. they want to go after -- continue to go after the president. they are trying to go after his family. this has got to stop. the american public wants us to move forward and solve the problems. yes. reporter: do you think speaker pelosi should bring to the floor [indiscernible] mr. mccarthy: i believe nancy pelosi should bring it to the floor. one of the major questions that democrats asked before it would come to the floor is that mexico, asking another country to change their own laws, their labor laws. well, the senate and mexico just did that. so i think it's appropriate that they keep their word when they said that's why they would bring it forward. this is a win-win for all, and i believe that you would have a large number of votes from the republicans.
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the democrats would only need a few to bring it across, and we can sign this and actually create even more jobs than we already created in just the last three years. yes, sir. reporter: have these negotiations on the budget caps gotten started? is there any progress? mr. mccarthy: we've had two negotiations -- meetings, i would say. no solution yet. reporter: are you optimistic? based on what you've seen or heard about? mr. mccarthy: i don't see a solution at this moment, no. reporter: can i follow-up to scott's question? all-of-the-above as far as pay-for for infrastructure? mr. mccarthy: he asked about public-private. that's not a pay-for. that's a model in which you can utilize transportation funding. reporter: do you oppose increasing at all the gasoline
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tax? mr. mccarthy: you know, i'm from california. the average price of a gallon of gasoline in america -- and i can get this wrong because i'm from california -- is roughly probably about $2.80, $2.90. in california we pay about $4.10. the current governor was shocked by this. he was so shocked last week that he wanted an investigation why the price of gasoline in california was so high. this was after they had raised the gasoline tax in california. california, just in the last -- i might not get this exactly correct. in the last five years, i believe the revenues in california, just the excess what they have been able to grow, is the entire budget of wisconsin or in arizona. do you know how much money they increased when they had all that increase in revenue to infrastructure? not $1. not $1. that is really a responsibility of government. so they spent this money on something else, and then they
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went to california and said you have to pay more. you have to pay quite a bit more than what other states have to pay. now, who does that hurt? it hurts those that commute. it hurts those of lower income. then, what do we do with this money? if the money went all directly to the roads, i'd support putting it into the roads. now, we have a system that's much different. electric cars do not pay. the money doesn't go just to roads. it goes to bike trails, go to buses, goes to others. it was supposed to be a user fee to build roads. the other thing about transportation, why do we have to wait more than 10 years after we pass a bill to fix our roads? you have a lot of laws that give us a slowing of the building, which makes the costs even higher. we should really start looking about when we think about infrastructure streamlining and our ability to build these roads faster because it will cost less. it will get done sooner and the
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congestion will go away. when the democrats dreamed of these shovel-ready projects, i don't think america wants to revisit that process because i don't think we got much out of the $1 trillion wasted. reporter: should the bill be brought to the floor [indiscernible] mr. mccarthy: we're going back to the other question? yes. any other questions? all right. have a great weekend. see you next week. indiscernible]
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