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Washington, D.C. – Today at a press conference on the House Steps, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) labeled our country “in crisis,” as a result of inflation, crime, an open border, and an erosion of trust. “A recent poll showed Americans’ optimism about this country’s direction over the next year has plummeted 20 points just since this May,” McCarthy said. “This should surprise no one in America.”

“We have a country in crisis.

“A recent poll showed Americans’ optimism about this country’s direction over the next year has plummeted 20 points just since May.

“This should surprise no one in America.

“Every time Americans go to the check out at the grocery store or gas station, they are paying more.

“Every time they turn on the local or national news, they are seeing crime continue to surge.

“Every time they get updates about our southern border, they are seeing reports about thousands of migrants that are illegally entering our country every single day and not being tested for Covid. And then being moved throughout the nation.

“And every time the CDC releases new guidance, not only does it contradict information they have already released, but it punishes Americans who have already done everything they were asked to do.

“They were told to be vaccinated, [so] they wouldn’t have to wear a mask.

“Think about what the CDC did just this week — they forced vaccinated Americans to wear masks because of a study in India, about a vaccine that’s not even in America, that has not been peer reviewed. The CDC has become a political arm of the administration. It wants to control every element of our life.

“What is interesting – we stand out here in front of the Capitol, but the chambers of the House. But as you look across, on the other steps, is the Senate. I am not quite sure where the CDC got [it], but somewhere in the middle of that dome, the ‘science’ changes.

“If you are a Capitol police officer you got orders… if a vaccinated staffer comes across on the House side without a mask, you are ordered to arrest them. But not on the Senate.

“This is not the America we know. This is not Pelosi’s House, this is the People’s House.”