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Congressman McCarthy Discusses Government Shutdown and Border Security

Jan 4, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Kevin McCarthy joined Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the government shutdown and Democrats refusing to offer serious solutions.

Excerpts of Congressman McCarthy's interview can be found below, or you can watch the full video here.


ON THE SHUTDOWN:

"Well, we are going to have to find compromise. But one thing you have to see with the vote yesterday for Speaker, you realize why Nancy has not been serious about any offer...I hope they come back with a serious offer this time. But, as you see from that press, this is really her shutdown because she wants to shut the government down for that point.”


ON THE DEMOCRATS’ UNSERIOUS OFFER:

“Think about what the Democrats have voted on numerous times before. They have voted for a wall and fencing on a number of occasions even at a higher number. Look at what's happening in California when they put a wall up in San Diego - 95% improvement. Or El Paso or Yuma. We know it works. And it’s part of an overall plan for border security. And think for one moment - and I brought this up in our meeting at the White House to Nancy before. Officer Singh - he lost his life. That individual - where was that individual going after he shot Officer Singh? On his way to Mexico and he was picked up in my district, thanks to our sheriff, was able to pick him up before he left. Those are serious things that are happening in America today. And that's why we need border security and that's why we are standing with this president.”


ON DEMOCRATS IGNORING THE SECURITY CRISIS AT THE BORDER:

“It was very embarrassing because we were asked to come down to have a briefing. We went to the Situation Room - a serious room just to talk about the crisis, what is happening on the border right now. They [Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi] would not even let the Secretary speak. They interrupted her right away. And then finally, when she was able to interject and bring a few facts up, they didn't agree with the facts. They said that's not true. I mean, I have never seen anything like it. They were playing politics and this is where the President was so good. He turned and looked and said, you know what? Let's meet on Friday after your election because it doesn't seem like you could actually be serious until then. So I’m hopeful today there can be a serious offer."


ON DEMOCRATS' CRUDE LANGUAGE TOWARD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

"You see what their real motive is - not only bring up articles of impeachment, look at the brand new elected Congresswoman and her language of what she says to her son in a rally that she thought was private last night. Their whole focus here is to try to attack this President while we are trying to move America forward. Look, I can work with anybody that wants to move America forward. But when they are just going to play these type of games, you will find this Conference to be very strong and stand up for what's right with this country and this president."