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August 15, 2022

Democrats Score Huge Legislative Victory Ahead of Midterms

The $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk, signaling a big win for the Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

The sweeping tax, climate, and health care bill passed through the House of Representatives in a 220-207 party-line vote, with every Democrat voting in favor and four Republicans not voting.

The House passage came just four days after the bill passed through the Senate in another party-line vote, wherein Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the Inflation Reduction Act “saves the planet while keeping more money in your pockets.”

“This bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, a package for the people, increases the leverage of the public interest over the special interests and expands health and financial security now and for generations to come,” Pelosi said.

Senate Democrats have been negotiating the package for more than a year, The Hill reported.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had argued against the bill in a 50-minute speech on Friday, calling it “misguided.”

“Democrats, more than any other majority in history, are addicted to spending other people’s money, regardless of what we as a country can afford,” McCarthy said from the House floor.

“Today, now they are choosing to end the session by spending half-a-trillion dollars more of your money, raising taxes on the middle class, and giving handouts to their liberal allies.” 


Source: The Hill

August 9, 2022

Gaetz Says McCarthy “Should Not Be the Leader” [Video]

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), saying he “should not be the leader of the Republican Conference.”

Gaetz’s comments came during an episode of Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, recorded live from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday.

“If anyone posits to be the leader of our party and our movement, they cannot stand for the swamp, and the establishment, and the bureaucratic permanent state,” said the congressman.

“They have to stand with us in exposing these issues. And if Kevin McCarthy will not allow us to be able to find out the answers, he should not be the leader of the Republican conference.”

“What do you guys think about that?” Bannon asked the crowd, who responded with cheers.

Bannon posited that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) should replace McCarthy as the GOP’s leader.

“Do we want Jim Jordan?” Bannon asked the crowd.

Gaetz and Bannon weren’t the only ones to speak out against McCarthy during CPAC.

“We will not tolerate another GOP speaker that works with Democrats more than Republicans,” said Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) during a speech on Saturday.

June 25, 2022

House Passes Sweeping Gun Control Bill

The House of Representatives voted 234-193 to pass the most sweeping gun control legislation in nearly 30 years on Friday.

The “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk, where it will likely become law. The bill includes enhanced background checks, increased mental health and school safety funding, incentives for states to implement “red flag” laws, and limits the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” preventing domestic abusers from purchasing guns regardless of marital status.

“As I say to members all the time with legislation — do not judge it for what isn’t in it, but respect it for what is. And there’s much to be respected in this legislation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said ahead of the vote.

“To those who lacked the courage to join in this work, I say your political survival is insignificant compared to the survival of our children,” she added.

While 14 House Republicans joined Democrats in voting in favor of the bill, many opposed the measure, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

“We must not have knee-jerk reactions in how the federal government approaches red flag laws, where Congress strong-arms states into passing laws that may violate the Second Amendment and deprive citizens their right to due process,” McCarthy told The Federalist earlier this week.

June 8, 2022

Trump Endorses Kevin McCarthy

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), calling him “an outstanding Representative for the people of California.”

“In Congress, Kevin is a tireless advocate for the people of Bakersfield and the Central Valley. He is working incredibly hard to Stop Inflation, Deliver Water Solutions, and Hold Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi Accountable for their catastrophic failures and dereliction of duty,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social. “Kevin McCarthy has my Complete and Total Endorsement.”

However, some of Trump’s supporters didn’t share his enthusiasm for McCarthy.

One Twitter user said the endorsement showed that the former president is off-base, adding, “The people that supported Mr. Trump do not support McCarthy.”

Others indicated they didn’t find McCarthy trustworthy, calling him a “RINO.”

May 13, 2022

Jan. 6 Panel Subpoenas 5 GOP Lawmakers

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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot has issued subpoenas to five Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

The other members of Congress to receive subpoenas were Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Mo Brooks (R-AL).

The panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), said the lawmakers “have information relevant to our investigation into the attack on January 6th and the events leading up to it.”

The committee is slated to begin its public hearings next month.

“Before we hold our hearings next month, we [had] wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily. Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused, and we’re forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning January 6th,” Thompson said.

“We urge our colleagues to comply with the law, do their patriotic duty, and cooperate with our investigation as hundreds of other witnesses have done.”

Perry issued a statement in response to the subpoena, calling it the committee’s “latest charade.”

“That this illegitimate body leaked their latest charade to the media ahead of contacting targeted Members is proof positive once again that this political witch hunt is about fabricating headlines and distracting Americans from their abysmal record of running America into the ground,” Perry said.


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Jan. 6 panel issues subpoenas to five GOP lawmakers

April 29, 2022

4 GOP Lawmakers Targeted By McCarthy in Newly Leaked Audio

Newly leaked audio recordings of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reveal that he staunchly criticized some of his colleagues in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

The unearthed comments have landed McCarthy in hot water with his contemporaries, with some questioning his leadership.

Here are the four GOP lawmakers that McCarthy specifically called out in the recordings, taken from a call with House GOP leaders on Jan. 10, 2021:

1. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

McCarthy said Gaetz’s remarks were “putting people in jeopardy.”

“He [Gaetz] doesn’t need to be doing this,” McCarthy said. “We saw what people would do in the Capitol, you know, and these people came prepared with rope, with everything else.”

2. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)

At the rally that preceded the riot, Brooks said “today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”

“You think the president deserves to be impeached? Well his comments, that’s almost something that goes further than what the president said,” McCarthy said on the call.

3. Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL)

The GOP leaders on the call expressed concerns over tweets Moore wrote in the wake of the Jan. 6 incident.

“Can’t they take their Twitter accounts away too?” McCarthy said.

4. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) discussed remarks Gohmert made in the lead up to the incident.

“And Louie said, like, we need to fight or something, right? Didn’t he say something a couple days out that was horrendous?” McCarthy said.

“There was something like that, yes. It was incendiary,” Scalise said.

After discussing the comments from both Brooks and Gohmert, McCarthy said, “Our members have got to start paying attention to what they say, too, and you can’t put up with that type of sh*t.”


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Here are the GOP lawmakers targeted by McCarthy in new audio recordings

January 8, 2022

GOP Goes After ‘Big Tech’ Following Greene’s Twitter Ban

After Twitter banned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)’s personal account, Republicans are bolstering their attacks against “Big Tech” and social media giants.

Former President Donald Trump issued a scathing statement, saying the platform was “a disgrace to democracy.”

“They shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this Country,” Trump said. “Marjorie Taylor Greene has a huge constituency of honest, patriotic, hard-working people. They don’t deserve what’s happened to them on places like low-life Twitter and Facebook.”

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) addressed the situation, vowing that the GOP will hold the social media giant “accountable,” should they win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections.

Twitter banned Trump a year ago, but experts say Greene’s ban sets a “more far-reaching precedent,” since Trump’s ban came as he was about to leave office.

“The fact that Twitter cut her off, despite being an elected official, is a substantial change in the broad latitude that elected officials have had in the past,” said Darrell West, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also criticized the company’s decision to permanently suspend a “sitting member of Congress.”

“It is clear any speech that does not fit Big Tech’s orthodoxy gets muzzled. America is poorer for that conduct,” McCarthy said in a statement.

Twitter’s action against Greene is fueling accusations from the GOP that “Big Tech” has an anti-conservative bias.

McCarthy said he directed “relevant committees and task forces to continue their work in getting answers — voluntarily or through rigorous congressional oversight — from Twitter and other Big Tech companies surrounding their decision to silence certain Americans and to hold these companies accountable.”

“House Republicans will be ready to take action that protects Americans when they express their constitutionally safeguarded views, just like we have laws on the books today that prohibit discrimination by corporations in many other contexts,” he said. 


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Twitter’s Marjorie Taylor Greene ban fuels GOP attacks on ‘Big Tech’

September 7, 2021

Watchdog group requests ethics investigation over GOP retaliation threats

A watchdog group is calling for an investigation into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for violating rules by threatening retaliation against communications companies who comply with records requests.

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots requested documents from 35 tech and communications firms. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) argue that both McCarthy and Greene violated House rules by threatening to retaliate against companies that turn over the documents.

“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States,” McCarthy wrote. “If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”

McCarthy did not specify which federal law he was referring to.

“If these telecommunications companies, if they go along with this, they will be shut down. And that’s a promise,” Greene said.

CREW filed an official complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

“Threatening retaliation for complying with legally valid document demands and preservation requests appears to violate 18 U.S.C. § 1505, which prohibits obstructing congressional investigations, and does not reflect creditably on the House,” the complaint read.

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Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy’s Jan. 6 comments.

September 1, 2021

GOP demands action for hundreds of Americans left behind in Kabul

House Republicans called for a vote on legislation that would keep US troops in Afghanistan until every last American is evacuated.

Approximately two dozen Republicans, including some who served in Afghanistan, attended a short House session amid the summer recess to pass a bill that would delay the military’s withdrawal.

However, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who presided over the meeting, led a moment of silence to honor the 13 service members killed in the Kabul terror attack last week. Then she adjourned without any further action, prompting adverse reactions from GOP members.

“Never in my lifetime would I ever believe America would have an administration knowingly make a decision to leave Americans behind,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said. “Now is not the time to hide. We are a co-equal branch. Now is the time for leadership in Congress.”

There are approximately 100 to 200 Americans who haven’t been evacuated, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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GOP demands keeping troops in Kabul until all Americans evacuated

August 20, 2021

McCarthy sets sights on regaining House majority

House Minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is leading the charge to regain the chamber’s majority in the 2022 midterm elections. McCarthy points to the retirement of Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) as a potentially pivotal moment.

“When you sit back and you look and you want to pinpoint when was the bellwether, when was the moment in time that you truly felt that you knew that the majority was in play and you had the capability of winning – when Ron Kind said that he was retiring,” McCarthy said.

The GOP needs to regain five seats to obtain the House majority they lost in the 2018 midterms. McCarthy believes that more House Democrats will soon retire.

“Once you get past Thanksgiving and members go home, and they’re Democrats and they’ve been challenged before and they’re going to get beat up, Congress is not that great,” he said. “They’ve got new lines where they have to go meet new people and they’re still going to have the White House. They’re going to make a decision to retire, that’s the best time so they can go get another job. When we get that retirement number up higher, into double-digit figures, the whole thing becomes a different play.”

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