Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) joined Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” with Dana Perino this afternoon to discuss Chairman Nadler’s “absurd” request to ask Attorney General Barr to break the law, the Democrats’ refusal to acknowledge the ongoing crisis at the southern border, and the rising cost of prescription drugs.
Highlights are below, or watch the full clip here.
Chairman Nadler is Asking Attorney General Barr to Break the Law:
“If you look at what Nadler’s actions have been, you’d question his ability to be a chairman. First of all, at the beginning of every Congress, every committee adopts the rules for their committee. For the history of Congress inside the Judiciary Committee, they have never allowed a staffer to interview a cabinet member. After Attorney General Barr agrees to come to the committee just as he did in the Senate, Chairman Nadler tries to change the rules of the committee.
“If you watch Chairman Nadler, he’s also failing in the most basic of motions of being a chairman. And if you really want to start thinking about what he’s asking Attorney General Barr to do, is to break the law. So if the Attorney General will not break the law, he’s going to hold him in contempt. Chairman Nadler has not even gone down — and he has the right to do it — to read the redacted portions inside the Mueller report.
“[Democrat leadership] has the opportunity to actually read the Mueller report, [Speaker Nancy Pelosi] has not, Chairman Nadler has not — I have.”
Democrats Refuse to Acknowledge the Crisis at Our Border:
Dana Perino: “[…] I was reading The New York Times editorial page. They basically said give Trump his border money as record numbers of Central American families flee violence and poverty in their home lands, they are overwhelming the united states border systems, creating chaos. […] This could have been written by the Republicans. […] Do you think you can get that done soon?”
Leader McCarthy: “[…] even The New York Times understands the crisis. Everybody in America understands the crisis except the Democrats inside Congress. I was just at the border in the last month – we have never seen these types of numbers of people coming across. And what’s really happening is we need to close the loopholes. We need to give the President this money, but they’re continuing to withhold it just because it’s President Trump requesting it. With any other president – this money would pass, and we’d have a bill signed into law.”
Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs Should Be Bipartisan:
“I think President Trump is looking into lowering drug pricing. The actions this Administration has done has been very effective. The Senate is having a hearing today. Even this week we’re passing two bipartisan bills that deal with the FDA to have transparency in drug pricing. I’m really concerned when people make a quick answer to say, import those drugs. Because what happens is you’re going to end innovation, but more importantly, it’s not going to lower the price in the process.
“There’s a way to deal with rebates, to have transparency where these prices are and I think that’s really at the core of what we should be doing. Drug prices are too high and we can lower it. This is a place to be bipartisan. These are things we should be working on, but what’s the Judiciary Committee going to do this week? They’re going to hold the Attorney General in contempt for not breaking the law. That is absurd.
“We are doing action here.”