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Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) gave the following remarks at today’s GOP leadership press conference regarding House action this week to improve the child tax credit:

“As I go throughout my district at home in Bakersfield, what people talk about is the challenge that it is to raise a family and children in an Obama economy.

“In an Obama economy, the cost of clothing is up 89%. In this Obama economy, childcare and education are up 107%. In this Obama economy, food is up 21%. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

“We’ve passed 321 bills in this House that sit in the Senate.

“History says that it only took 300 Spartans to stop the Persians in Thermopylae. But one Senator, Harry Reid, has stopped 321 bills from even having a voice. It’s time that Harry Reid acts and the Senate does something.”