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Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at today’s leadership press conference on the House’s action to increase and promote transparency within government so that it represents the will of the American people:

“Good morning. Didn’t know if you all got a chance to, yesterday, wish the Speaker a Happy Birthday, but we sang to him in the Conference.

“There is one message coming out of this election: the American people expect this new American Congress to work on the best interests of America. It’s a unique opportunity for us to all work together. If you look at the history of this country, in divided government we have achieved big things. Ronald Reagan had a divided Congress and had tax reform. Bill Clinton had a divided Congress and Senate as well, reformed welfare and balanced the budget.

“We have a unique opportunity right after this election. Those in the Senate that had been stopped about Keystone Pipeline had a unique, new opportunity. So we moved it in the House, and hopefully in the Senate, when they bring it up, it will pass. I hope the President takes the same advice as those other presidents of working together.

“A lot of you have seen the tape of Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, where he talks about the lack of transparency gives you the opportunity to fool the American public. The one thing Congress should always do is greater transparency. This week, we’ll have three bills up, all dealing with transparency. Chris Stewart (UT-02) is dealing with the EPA Advisory Board, so he makes sure you have opinions from all sides. Mr. Schweikert’s (AZ-06), making sure the EPA, if they use data to make a decision, the data has to be made public before any decision can be made. And then, also our own Majority Whip, Steve Scalise (LA-01) on manufacturing, which he’ll talk about shortly.

“You know, I’m excited about what the new year brings. I’m more excited about what a new American Congress brings. I’m just disappointed about what I hear in the White House. You know, I know the President and I know the Democrats—they have their leadership race today. I saw that situation before when I came in 2006. The one thing I will say: the President had two years with the House and the Senate and did nothing on immigration, but he won’t even allow this new American Congress to convene before we have an opportunity to do something about it. I think he should rethink that opportunity.”