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116th Congress: State of Play with Rep. Kevin McCarthy
He’s the top Republican in the House of Representatives. President Trump has referred to him as “my Kevin."
On May 2, The Washington Post Live hosted Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) for a wide-ranging discussion with national political reporter Robert Costa on immigration, the fallout from the Mueller report, the 2020 elections, and how he balances working with the Democratic majority while working as the president’s top advocate in the House.
Video Highlights
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Thursday that he agrees with President Trump’s assessment that he was the subject of an attempted “coup” during the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • May 2
One day after Attorney General William Barr testified before Congress, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said he still has full confidence and faith in Barr’s work and his release of the Mueller report. ‘I’m one of the few people that have been able to read the unredacted. But in the first volume, the public gets 90 percent of everything, only 10 percent is redacted. In the second volume they get 98 percent...I trust where Barr is going, and I think let him do his work.”
  • May 2
When asked if Vice President Biden is the biggest threat to Republicans in 2020, McCarthy answered “No,” and added, “Joe Biden could be where Jeb Bush was in the last elections, the party had passed him by, he might have to apologize for a lot of things he’s done and I think the party is probably in a different place.” McCarthy also said he believes the 2020 race will come down to a “bigger debate” - “socialism vs. freedom.’
  • May 2
Republican Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said Republicans and the Trump Administration are working on a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. “Yes, you will see that from the House and the administration, all of us working together.”
  • May 2
Earlier this year, Rep. Steve King was removed from his committee assignments after making racist remarks regarding white supremacy, and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy says that decision will stand. “Not this term, no…I stand behind what we did.” But he specified that the decision would be up to the steering committee next term.
  • May 2
When asked if he was willing to adjust the tax law to try to get revenue for an infrastructure package, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy responded, “No.” Rep. McCarthy emphasized that the Republican approach would not involve raising taxes but focus on private-public partnerships. “I think there’s a better way to do it and I think there’s a better way to get synergy when you do private and public partnerships and I’ll sit at the table and work with anybody that want to work and solve the problem.”
  • May 2
Rep. Kevin McCarthy said the Democrats seeking President Trump’s financial information have personalized their quest. ”Did we ever request the personal finances of President Obama? Did we ever go after his family...Did we ever personalize the IRS for our own weaponry, that we would use the power of the IRS to punish an individual that we politically disagree with?” When asked if the American people had the right to see President Trump’s returns, McCarthy answered, “The law of the land is you have to file a financial disclosure…That’s why we had him fill out a financial disclosure form...This is personal now.’
  • May 2
Full Program
On May 2, The Washington Post Live hosted Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) for a wide-ranging discussion with national political reporter Robert Costa.
  • May 2
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
Republican House Minority Leader
Kevin McCarthy proudly serves as Representative for California’s 23rd Congressional District – which includes Bakersfield, Lancaster, and Ridgecrest. At the gateway to the Central Valley the district is rich in energy resources, agriculture production, and a home to pioneering commercial space innovation. As the Republican Leader of the United States House of Representatives. Kevin believes in a strong, fiscally responsible, and free America where every person has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Throughout his tenure in public service, Kevin has advanced policy solutions that foster more private-sector innovation and job growth. As a legislator who sits at the cross-section of America’s innovation economy, Kevin has a strong interest in finding new ways to leverage technology to build a more efficient, effective and accountable government for all citizens.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
National Political Reporter, The Washington Post
Robert Costa is a national political reporter at The Washington Post.
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