Washington, D.C. – At a weekly press conference, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) delivered remarks on the worsening humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Leader McCarthy called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to put politics aside, and to put a bipartisan bill on the House floor that will provide much-needed emergency funding.
Leader McCarthy was joined by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL), and Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security Mike Rogers (AL-03).
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“It’s been 56 days since President Trump’s Administration asked for emergency funding to address the border. It’s been 17 times that the Democrats have voted ‘no’ on this floor to deal with the issue. Two times The New York Times has editorialized about getting something done. Even Mexico is sending 15,000 troops to the southern border.
“Everybody understands the crisis. In the Senate, 30 to 1 in committee — I think that’s probably making history with very few bills that have ever been able to deal 30 to 1. […] On this side of the aisle […] the Democrats — what are they doing? They’re playing politics.
“Today is Tuesday. I’m calling on the Speaker not to play politics, to take the Senate bill that can become law and that will help with the humanitarian aid along this border. Do not let us leave this week, do not wait until Thursday to say it’s too late. [Speaker Pelosi] has waited 56 days to run out the clock. This is not a time to play politics.
“I do not want to see this House leave and celebrate an Independence Day with a crisis on this border when we could have acted. Nancy Pelosi has to answer this question: will she play politics when there’s a bipartisan bill sitting out there, that she knows can get to the President’s desk? This will be a turning point in deciding which action she wants to take. Will she continue down the path of always playing politics or will she finally put people before politics?”