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Kevin McCarthy: GOP Working to Complete Job That Started With Tax Reform

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By    |   Friday, 05 January 2018 02:01 PM

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, before leaving for Camp David for a meeting with other top Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump Friday, said lawmakers in his party want to complete the job of transforming the United States that began with tax reform.

"We started America's comeback with this tax reform," the California Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. 

"Now we want to complete that job, infrastructure, dealing with opioids, making sure the security of America is safe, rebuilding our military. Those are the things we're looking at and walking through with the Senate and the House on the agenda for 2018."

As the 2018 midterm elections get underway, the House is facing the challenge of keeping its GOP majority, but McCarthy pointed out that Republicans won all five of the special elections held in the House this past year.

"We know what history says, in the off-year election of a first new presidency, the party in power that has won the White House usually loses on average 25 seats in the House, and 24 is our majority," said McCarthy.

However, he said he thinks Republicans may be able to show a "whole different history" next fall if they can sell what lawmakers have been doing on economic growth, on creating 1.7 million new jobs, Veterans Administration reforms, and work on the nation's infrastructure.

If the vote happened now, said McCarthy, Republicans would keep the house "by a slim margin, but we keep the House. It's a fight."

Meanwhile, he said he hopes to see a change with Democrats and their stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, after they'd threatened to shut down the government if the program was not included in the upcoming funding bill.

"The issue of DACA is not due until March, but there is a plan forward," said McCarthy. "I think there is a common ground that both sides can get to. It's one of the meetings the senators had with the president this week.

"We've had several meetings for the funding of government, making sure our military is not hurt and one of our other successes, the military got one of the biggest pay raises in eight years. We come up to Jan. 19 and want to get a budget agreement and we can deal with the DACA issue."

Trump has been clear that if there is a deal to be reached on DACA, then there has to be further work on border security and dealing with the case of chain migration, said McCarthy.

McCarthy also discussed the controversial new book, "Fire and Fury," which has caught the nation's attention with its claims about the Trump White House.

"I never met that author," said McCarthy. "I work with the White House every day, with the president. I've never seen the actions of what he claims inside the book. I wonder why we're not writing about the fastest time we've raised another 1,000 points when it comes to the Dow.

"How many 401(k)s have been increased and paychecks increase next year. That part gets in the way but if we keep doing our job, at the end of the day, people will see through it."

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