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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) held a press conference today where he called out Congressional Democrats for not effectively addressing the crises facing our country and for continuing to prioritize their socialist, $4.3 trillion tax-and-spend plan over the everyday needs of the American people. “What we’ve seen from the Democrats this week is dysfunction, delusion, and deception,” said McCarthy. “Our country is in crisis and it’s time the Democrats focus on fixing it.”

Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi said this bill will cost zero dollars. Zero. That’s a lie,” stated McCarthy. “Their tax and spend plan costs $4.3 trillion. It might cost nothing to the elites who want to pass it, but it is nearly every other American who will pay for it.”

Remarks as prepared are below, or you may watch online here.

“What we’ve seen from the Democrats this week is dysfunction, delusion, and deception.

“This all might help sell papers, but it doesn’t help the country one bit.

“An ineffective government helps no one. A failure in leadership helps no one.

“As the results have shown, it makes things much worse. Our country is in crisis. 

“Border Crisis: There have been over 1.5 million illegal border crossings so far under Biden. Small towns at our Southern Border are overwhelmed by migrants and record amounts of fentanyl is pouring into our country. Our Border Patrol is desperate for support.

“Inflation Crisis: Americans today are paying more for everyday items than they have in over a decade — more to get to work or drive kids to practice. Businesses are paying more for the materials they need to operate. This all means higher prices for consumers and less money in their pockets.

“Labor Crisis: Small and local business owners can’t find workers. For the workers that show up — your government is paying others to stay home. On the screens behind me are stories that show just how destructive these policies are.

“China Crisis: The Democrats hold every lever of the federal government and yet have not made one single move to hold China accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

“Foreign Policy Crisis: The Afghanistan hearings this week revealed that the Commander-in-Chief lied to the American public about the recommendations he received from his military advisors. The disastrous and deadly Afghanistan withdrawal will haunt us for decades.

“The Democrats are making American life harder, and it’s about to get much worse.

“So I am making this promise right now: Republicans will investigate our government’s failure to keep us safe at home and abroad.  We will do this because the consequences of their failures are what the American people deal with every single day.

“We know the Democrats are doing everything in their power to prevent Congress from doing real oversight. But that will end the minute Republicans take back the majority.

“The Democrats have forgotten that we are supposed to focus on the people — not us.

“But for the past several months, that’s what Democrats have done. They have wasted the American people’s time. And they’ve lied every step of the way.

“Joe Biden said: “No one making under $400,000 will see their federal taxes go up.”

“That’s a lie: In fact, under his plan, an average family who earns over $50,000 will see a tax increase.

“Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi said this bill will cost zero dollars. Zero.

“That’s a lie. Their tax and spend plan costs $4.3 trillion. It might cost nothing to the elites who want to pass it, but it is nearly every other American who will pay for it.

“And now Democrats want to spy on anything you earn or buy that is more than $600. By hiring 85,000 new IRS agents to dig through every aspect of your life the Democrats want to enlist a bureaucratic army to achieve their goal of a big-government socialist nation.

“So instead of waking up to our country in crisis — Democrats are asleep at the wheel and leading us to an unrecognizable future. 

“Our country is in crisis and it’s time the Democrats focus on fixing it.”