Washington D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) joined Special Report with Bret Baier to talk about funding the border wall and General Mattis’ service.
Excerpts of the interview are below, or watch online here.
On Border Wall Funding:
“We’ve already had 75% of the government funding, we’re debating the last 25%. This is about national security, about border security. The Senate sent over to us what is a continuing resolution that funds the government as is, with no border security in there. Even though we have already been funding and building the wall. It also had nothing in there when it came to disasters. Remember the hurricanes in North Carolina and Florida and Georgia, or the devastating fires in California. So what we will do, and remember there are two separate bodies here – it happens on every bill. We will take a continuing resolution, we will add $5 billion to that for border security. We’ll also add the money in there for disaster relief for those states of devastation because they can’t wait…We’ll send that over to the Senate. They can take action, we don’t have a problem until Friday, tomorrow late. I think there are some differences and we can find common ground. It’s the way our government is designed – to find common ground and come to a solution.”
“The president has been very clear about getting border security, the House has been very clear about it. The only person who has changed their position in this is Chuck Schumer and one of the real concerns of why Chuck Schumer has changed his position, is it comes to about Nancy Pelosi’s vote for Speaker, that comes January 3rd. She has a very tight vote going through, Chuck is afraid that if he does something about doing something with border security it will upset those new freshmen Democrats that are more socialist coming in for her vote. I think the American people are more important, I think our security is more important than that and we can do bigger things. Let’s deal with this and solve it.”
On General Mattis’ Service:
“I want to thank General Jim Mattis, think of his distinguished career. This is a man who has been serving his country since 1969. When he was 18 years old he signed up for the Marines. He was in the First Battle of Fallujah, so many of what has happened in the success of America in the last number of years, Jim Mattis has been a part of. The success that he has had as Secretary of Defense as well. Yes, there’s a difference of opinion going forward but this man has served his country well and he has fans on all sides of the aisle.”