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Washington D.C. –  House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) appeared on MSNBC’ “Daily Rundown” and Fox News’ “America’s News Room” to preview the President’s State of the Union address.


MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown”:

On What House Republicans Want To Hear In Tonight’s State Of The Union:

“Well first and foremost, I’d say the number one priority for anyone in elected office should be to do a budget. If the Senate doesn’t pass a budget, they won’t get paid. Same thing goes for the House. The House as always passed a budget since we took the majority, which lays out a plan to balance the budget which will do this year in the next 10 years.”

“I’ve listened to the White House, and I wish the White House would put that same political pressure behind their own party – Senate Democrats – to pass a budget. You know how long it’s been since the Senate has passed a budget – the Ipad hadn’t even been introduced yet. This is the first and foremost thing we must to do to get our fiscal house in order – get a budget passed. I think House Republicans are very strong on that notion, and that sets a plan to put us on a path toward growing this economy.”

Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom”:

On The President’s New Stimulus Spending Proposals:

“That is going to fail. Remember, we had this spending plan before They went out and spent $1 trillion on a stimulus plan that did not work, and actually helped get us in this mess. The President just wants to take more from American people and that doesn’t work. He has more than enough revenues. He has always talked about a  balanced approach, but he has never talked about where he could find cuts in government or control the spending in government. That’s where he really needs to focus. He should really put his political pressure on the Democrats in the Senate who haven’t even passed a budget.”

On the President’s Call for More Taxes:

“The numbers just don’t add up. If you read the Congressional Budget Office’s latest report, over the last four decades the average amount of money the government got was 17.9% of GDP. This report says this President will get 19.1% of the GDP. He already has more revenue on average than the last four decades.” His problem is spending

“I feel frustrated the President won’t listen to the American public. Everybody in Washington talks in trillions and tries to lose the American public. If you just take away some zeros and put in context to a family household numbers, on average we bring $24,000 a year  but we spend approximately $35,000 so we add $11,000 to the credit card. But on this credit card we already owe $160,000. You can’t get out of this mess by continuing to spend. You have to grow the economy but you have to watch your spending. When the President talks about a balanced approach he should actually do it.”