House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has pledged to protect the border, cut government spending and launch a deep investigation into the Biden administration if Republicans win the House on Tuesday, signaling a mix of priorities as McCarthy will be forced to deal with a growing crisis. A pro-Trump rally that is poised to challenge President Joe Biden.
In an interview with CNN, two days before the mid-term elections, McCarthy explained his energy goals, which include tackling inflation, rising crime and border security – three issues that have been key in closing Republicans to voters. To reinforce the message, McCarthy – who has been destroying the country during the midterms – gathered here on Sunday for three GOP Hispanic women who are competing to represent large districts on the southern border, an important part of the party’s strategy to win the majority.
“The first thing you’re going to see is the border control bill first,” McCarthy told CNN, when asked in detail about his party’s immigration plans. “You have to control the border. You’ve had almost 2 million people come this year alone. ”
The Biden administration continues to rely on the Trump-era emergency law, known as Title 42, which allows border officials to turn away migrants at the US-Mexico border. In fiscal year 2022, in the midst of massive migration in the Western hemisphere, US border crossings exceeded 2 million, according to US Customs and Border Protection data. Of those, more than 1 million were removed under Chapter 42.
But McCarthy highlighted oversight and investigation as a priority for the GOP-led House, writing investigations into the chaos in Afghanistan, the sources of the Covid-19 pandemic and how administrators deal with parents and school meetings. And he left the door open to enact a resolution that some of his members are already calling for.
“We’re not going to use it for political criticism,” McCarthy said. “That doesn’t mean that if something happens, it won’t be used at some point.”
And with the MAGA wing calling for an end to funding for Ukraine while the GOP security group has vowed not to abandon the country in its war with Russia, McCarthy has tried to reaffirm his support for Ukraine as he says that he will not simply suspend further requests. help.
“I’m very supportive of Ukraine,” McCarthy said. “I think there needs to be accountability in the future. … You always need, not a check, but make sure the resources are going where they’re needed. And make sure Congress, and the Senate, have the ability to have an open discussion.”
McCarthy declined to say how many seats he thought Republicans would pick up on Tuesday, but said he was confident “it will be enough to win a majority.” McCarthy actually said that, in his eyes, “anywhere out of 20 is a red wave.”
And McCarthy, who dropped out of the speaker’s race in 2015 amid opposition from the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, told CNN he hopes he’ll find support this time around to defend his coveted speakership — both in and out of his congress. Former President Donald Trump.
“I believe we will have a speaker’s vote, yes,” McCarthy said. “I think Trump will be very supportive.”
On the border immigration crisis, McCarthy said “there are a number of ways” his majority would address the problem, but said Republicans would not put a bill on the floor to fix an immigration plan until the border is secure.
“I think ‘Stay in Mexico’ you should just leave,” he said, referring to the controversial policy of forcing immigrants to stay in Mexico while they await their immigration status in the United States.
To help stop the flow of fentanyl coming across the border, McCarthy said “you start with a frontal attack on China to prevent the poison from coming in,” and then “give the money that the border agent needs” and “make sure that fentanyl every time anyone wants to move it, you can prosecute him for murder.”
When pressed for details on his crime-fighting plans, McCarthy said Republicans would fund the police, provide funding for recruitment and training, and see how crimes are prosecuted. And in order to lower inflation and gas prices, he said he would reduce government spending and make America more independent, although he did not specify the exact amount.
Most of the bills are text messaging, which won’t match the president’s vote or the Senate’s 60 votes, though they should enact legislation to prop up the government and raise the national debt limit sometime next year. McCarthy, however, signed off on Republicans’ demand for spending cuts to raise the debt, which could lead to a financial crisis that could lead to debt defaults.
“If you’re going to give someone a higher limit, can’t you first say that you have to change your behavior, so that you don’t have to keep raising and always?” he said. “Don’t just say, ‘Oh, I’m leaving you to spend money.’ No family should do this. ”
McCarthy acknowledged that Republicans were willing to raise the debt under Trump, but said the calculation is different because Democrats spent billions of dollars under Biden.
When asked if he was willing to risk defaulting on the debt using the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip, McCarthy insisted it would not happen. You don’t risk defaulting. ”
In addition to trying to regain the majority, McCarthy has also been trying to win the speakership. And a big part of that strategy has been raising Trump’s critics and opponents.
To that end, McCarthy vowed to restore Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia to her committee jobs, even though she was stripped of her job by Democrats last year because of her harsh words.
Meanwhile, McCarthy reiterated his plans to fire Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, in his seat on the House Intelligence Committee.
When asked if he had any restrictions on the committees Greene could serve on, McCarthy – who would have direct say in the execution of those duties – said “no.” Greene previously told CNN that he is seeking a seat on the House Oversight Committee, which will play a key role in the investigation led by the GOP majority.
“They will have committees to serve on, just like any other member… Members ask for different committees and as we go through the steering committee, we will look at them,” he said. “They can use the committees they want, just like any other member of our assembly who is elected.”
Greene isn’t the only member to challenge conspiracy theories or false claims. Recently, some Republicans have viciously mocked Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, or have conjured up conspiracy theories about the issue.
Asked for his message to Republicans, McCarthy said: “What happened to Paul Pelosi is wrong, and I think we shouldn’t get into that conversation.”
But when pressed on how to end such rhetoric, McCarthy pointed the finger at Democrats.
“The first thing I would ask the president to do is not call half the country idiots or talk about them because they have different opinions,” he said. “I think leadership is important, and I think it starts with the president. And it starts with the speaker.”
Asked again how he would deal with members of his own party who spread dangerous conspiracy theories, McCarthy replied: “I’ve looked at people on both sides of the aisle,” he said. “If I am the speaker, I will be the speaker in the whole House. So it’s not just about Republicans. We will also be looking at the Democrats. ”