Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) appeared on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss North Korea talks, the GOP agenda, and the positive impact tax reform is having on the economy.
Excerpts of the interview are below, or watch online here.
On President Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un:
“My first thought is the way the President has handled this is correct. A lot of people didn’t think that–he played rougher with China, and rougher with North Korea. There are risks but there are greater risks not to have [talks]. They’re closer than ever before to be able to have a nuclear weapon and that ICBM to be able to hit the United States. So time is of the essence, but I think what has happened with the number of sanctions we have passed in the House and the pressure that the President has put on…is having an effect…. And remember no sanctions are coming off, and the President is saying you have to denuclearize if you want anything…. He’s kept all options on the table.”
On how the House is acting to reduce gun violence:
“What we’re looking at is making sure these bad people cannot have guns. We’re voting this week on a bill from a former sheriff of Jacksonville, Congressman Rutherford. He has the STOP School Violence Act…. We need to make sure background checks are updated and that’s why we passed [Fix NICS] back in December. Now we’re adding to it with the STOP School Violence Act–the Sandy Hook Promise endorsed this bill as well…. More importantly I want to see if someone is given a tip that they’re able act on it. I want to see that we prevent people that aren’t supposed to have guns from getting them. And secondly, if there’s a resource officer sitting on that campus I don’t want them hiding. I want them protecting these children like they are supposed to do and they are hired to do.”
On the need for a second Special Counsel:
“I want to see a second Special Counsel. I want it to be narrow but I want to be outside the Department of Justice. Now I have the greatest respect for the Inspector General. They do an amazing job. The problem is they will not have the subpoena authority to really do the investigation…. I give a lot of credit to Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Trey Gowdy. They sent a letter to Sessions and his comments back were very positive–he said out of the respect of those two he’s taking a serious look at this…. Let’s make sure we have accountability, let’s have trust and let’s narrow it, and get a [second] Special Counsel.”
On the positive economic impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
“When the President named it the Tax Cut and Jobs bill and when he cut regulations, what a difference has been made…. Look at the jobs numbers, in the Labor Participation rate had 800,000 moving in…. If you look at the [additions] in skilled labor manufacturing, we have not seen these numbers since 1984. The [tax cuts] are really making the difference. This is the beginning of America’s comeback. And we want to continue that going forward.”