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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on two morning shows and to the Washington Post this morning on the House’s plans to rein in the executive branch, grow our economy, and repeal and replace Obamacare next year:

CNBC Squawk Box



On plans to rein in the bureaucracy in the first 100 Days:

“The first thing we have to do in the first month is reset the structure where you have three co-equal branches. We watched an Administration that expanded the executive branch where they’ve had more than 500 new regulations just in the first six years. So rein that back in—Article 1, right, the REINS Act—bring that power back.”

On how we create growth to help the middle class:

“We’re looking at letting people keep more of their money, bringing back the regulation off them, inspiring business to actually grow.…Growth is the number one thing that has to happen in this country. That’s the underlying factor why the middle class is worth less today than it was 8 years ago. So tax reform, regulation, stopping the premium growth in Obamacare—and you’ll see America continue to rise”

MSNBC Morning Joe



On the House’s work to reform the tax code and grow the economy:

“Well tax reform is Article 1 section 7. All tax reform starts in the House, which means starts in Ways and Means. We didn’t wait for this election to happen. In Ways and Means, Kevin Brady already rolled out a plan in a Better Way that simplifies, goes to three rates. I think that will be a good starting point. I don’t think you’ll find this happens in the first month. I think in the first six months you’ll see great movement on this. This is a core element, and I think when you look at the frustration in America, especially the middle class being worth less today than they were 8 years ago, growing the economy is number one, and I think this will give us some of the greatest amount of growth.”

Washington Post’s 202 Live

On how we will repeal and replace Obamacare:

“We will repeal Obamacare. It is the replacing of Obamacare that you want to make sure you get right. One thing I’ve always found—the argument was you need to change the health care system. Obamacare will not stand on its own. I mean you look at, what was it, 23 co-ops when they passed Obamacare? What were they given? Three billion dollars. Now 16 of them failed. Premiums are up 25%. You go through all the ramifications—people leaving the market, a lot of states only have one option in there—we never thought that would succeed. But after repealing it you want to make sure you replace it properly…. We [already] put a little group together to map out where we would go. At the time it was the Chairman of Ways and Means Paul Ryan, it was Tom Price, myself—but the other thing we did, we brought governors in. We listened to governors, they have ideas too. What we thought would work at the very beginning is not where we finally ended up because we sat there and talked policy.… So what I’m going to do, I’m putting letters out this week to all the governors and insurance commissioners. Give me your ideas too on replacement. We want to make sure we get this done right.”