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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) held a press conference today where he called for Democrat leaders to fix supply chain issues, address inflation, and prioritize the American people over their partisan agenda.

“Whether this bill is $4.5 trillion, $3 trillion, or $1.5 trillion, the Democrat proposal will worsen inflation, our labor shortage, and our border crisis. It will set our country back for decades,” said Leader McCarthy. “When confronted with the reality Americans are facing — Democrats want Americans to ‘lower expectations.'”

Remarks as prepared are below.

“Another week, and a few more Democrats retired.

“Another week, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is back from another swing of her farewell tour with more broken promises.

“And poor Josh, he’s still waiting for his vote. Last time, on the third broken promise, he was very sure it was going to happen.

“As the Democrats’ agenda continued to stall out and Americans have no idea what was in their bill  — Speaker Pelosi complained that it is the responsibility of others to tell the American people what the bill does.

“But it also exposes the truth behind their socialist agenda: Democrats don’t want Americans to really know what’s in it because when they find out — they will reject it. 

“Remember the Speaker’s old line: ‘we need to pass the bill to find out what’s in it?’

“It appears they feel the exact same way today. 

“They first passed nearly $2 trillion and now we are experiencing widespread inflation. 

“Whether this bill is $4.5 trillion, $3 trillion, or $1.5 trillion, the Democrats’ proposal will worsen inflation, our labor shortage, and our border crisis. It will set our country back for decades.

“We cannot afford this. Not ever — but especially not now. 

“Americans are finding life today harder and more stressful than two years ago. 

“If you go out grocery shopping you’ll find empty shelves and higher prices.

“It is costing you $200 more over the course of the year than it did last year.

“You are being warned to start holiday shopping now, two months before Christmas, because you might not get the gifts you ordered on time. 

“Every time you go to fill up your gas tank, you are paying 42% more at the pump.

“With the winter months around the corner, you are being told to brace for heating bills that will cost 54% more than last winter.

“And by all accounts, economic conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate. 

“When confronted with the reality Americans are facing — Democrats want Americans to ‘lower expectations.’

“I’ve often said President Biden has made Jimmy Carter’s presidency look like a success but this takes Carter’s “put on a sweater and turn the heat down” line to a whole different level. 

“These aren’t ‘high class problems’ or about getting treadmills, as the White House callously claimed over the past week — these are problems that are having a profound impact on the quality life of our citizens, especially low-and-middle income families. 

“The Democrats’ reconciliation bill will make all of this much, much worse. 

“Which is why Republicans are committed to doing what Democrats won’t: explain how the Democrat reconciliation proposal will affect the American people. 

“Later today, I will be hosting a roundtable with Members and guests to expose what the Democrats’ plan really does in terms of our immigration system, and then to hear directly from the people who will bear the brunt of an even worse border crisis.

“Over the next several weeks you’ll see Republicans expose every piece of this dangerous bill and speak directly with Americans affected while the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi continue to hide their intentions.

“This bill is bad for America — it will jeopardize our prosperity, and Republicans stand united to ensure this disaster of a bill never becomes law.”

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