WATCH: House Minority Leader McCarthy slams Pelosi on COVID-19 relief

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy harshly criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her negotiating position on COVID relief, saying the Democrats’ plan “mentions cannabis more than it mentions jobs.”

Watch McCarthy’s remarks in the player above.

“There are so many problems with the Democratic bill, why it’s gone nowhere,” McCarthy said.

“Could she not see past politics for once?” he asked rhetorically.

The White House is backing a $400 per week pandemic jobless benefit and is dangling the possibility of a COVID-19 relief bill of $1.6 trillion as last-ditch, pre-election negotiations hit a critical phase Thursday.

But pessimism is again seeping into the talks and the two sides switched back to attacking each other in public.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Pelosi were expected to talk by phone early Thursday afternoon, but the speaker was publicly dismissive of the latest White House plan.

Pelosi postponed debate Wednesday on a Democratic alternative measure in hopes of getting an agreement.

A vote is likely on Thursday, spokesman Drew Hammill said, depending on how the Mnuchin-Pelosi exchanges go.

McCarthy also said he thought President Donald Trump won Tuesday night’s presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The first of three scheduled debates between Trump and Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and chaos Tuesday night as the Republican president repeatedly interrupted his Democratic rival with angry jabs that overshadowed any substantive discussion of the crises threatening the nation.

McCarthy’s advice to Trump was to let Biden talk more.

“I think the more he talks, the more the American public would decide they don’t want Joe Biden,” he said.

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Andrew McCarthy: Anti-Trump derangement of House Democrats has unintended consequences

The unintended consequences of the House Democrats’ anti-Trump derangement, in both infantilizing congressional oversight and foolishly pleading with the federal courts to meddle in it, are becoming manifest.

On Monday, the Justice Department declined a request by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., that it send top officials to testify at an oversight hearing — or at least what was portrayed by the House as an oversight hearing; it was depicted by DOJ as more election-year political theater.

DOJ’s position traces to two developments in July.

DOJ REJECTS NADLER’S REQUEST FOR TESTIMONY FROM SENIOR OFFICIALS CITING BARR TREATMENT

First, as I recounted here, the Supreme Court decided Trump v. Mazars, which involved subpoenas issued by House committees for President Trump’s personal financial information.

The dispute over this information pitted the Congress’s broad authority to seek information for legislative purposes versus the president’s legitimate interest in carrying out his weighty responsibilities free of both undue burdens and the pretextual exploitation of Congress’s oversight powers for partisan political advantage.

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hat is, it was the type of legislative/executive tug-of-war that the political branches have worked out between themselves since a time out of memory — such that Chief Justice John Roberts was moved to observe that the case marked the first time in 233 years of American constitutional governance that the high court had been asked to resolve such a controversy.

Regrettably, rather than demur, as it should have, the justices, by a 7-2 majority (including all four of the court’s liberals, along with Roberts, and Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh), ruled that courts could wade in.

In doing so, lower-court judges will now have to apply the vague guidelines the majority prescribed for refereeing these political brawls.

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The non-exhaustive list of considerations includes assessing how much Congress really needs the information in question, whether the subpoena is narrowly drawn, whether the information Congress sought was available from other sources, and so on.

That is, the courts, rather than the people’s representatives, will decide the legitimacy of the latter’s inquiry; and the courts, rather than the elected president, will decide whether the burden on the presidency is reasonable.

To be sure, the Mazars case focused on the president’s personal papers, not information generated by the executive branch, including its departments and agencies. Nevertheless, the case signaled a new era in oversight.

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Henceforth, rather than grapple with a process of accommodation between the two sides, the executive branch has the option of telling lawmakers that if they really want information, they can subpoena it and try to get a court to enforce the subpoena after weighing the myriad concerns about legitimacy, overbreadth, burden, etc.

By using oversight as a political weapon and dragging the courts into it, House Democrats have made oversight more halting and complicated, concurrently diminishing Congress’s control over this core constitutional function of the legislative branch.

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Newt Gingrich: Rep. Kevin McCarthy and the House GOP’s ‘Commitment to America’

When Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and the House Republicans unveiled their Commitment to America this week, they were operating in the best tradition of the modern House GOP.

In 1994, we unveiled the Contract with America. It gave our candidates a clear outline of positive ideas they could advocate. The momentum of having a positive, problem-solving GOP carried us to the first House Republican majority in 40 years.

We promptly kept our word, and in the first 100 days voted on every item in the Contract. That clarity and proof that we could be trusted turned a 40-year period of Democratic control of the House into a 12-year Republican majority.

After four years of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her radical ideas, the House GOP came roaring back with Speaker John Boehner and his Pledge to America.

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Kevin McCarthy was a member of the working group that produced that second great commitment to action. With Republicans emphasizing “where are the jobs?” Boehner led them to an even greater victory than we had in 1994 (we won 54 seats; the 2010 House Republicans won 63 seats).

Now, in that tradition, Leader McCarthy has launched a Commitment to America.

This new House Republican commitment is a bold contrast with the radicalism in Speaker Pelosi’s HR 6800 (which I have outlined in a series of free podcasts) and the radicalism of the Kamala Harris-Joe Biden ticket.

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As leader McCarthy recently told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, “we’re going to rebuild the biggest economy we have ever seen, add 10 million new jobs, and restore our way of life.”

On COVID-19, McCarthy told Sean Hannity: “We’re going to end COVID. We are going to defeat this virus and keep America healthy. We are going to create a safe and effective vaccine. We are going to triple our rapid COVID testing, and we will protect pre-existing conditions. We are going to modernize our stockpile because Joe Biden and Obama … left us in a tough situation.”

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At a time of rising violence, the House Republicans reject the Left’s failed policies. McCarthy pointed out: “We don’t defund the cops. We add 1.75 billion dollars for more police training, teaching them when to use their weapon and what type of weapon to use, we will expand community policing and more importantly, 500,000 body cameras.”

McCarthy recognizes that more than health and safety are at risk in this election. He pledged, “we will protect our rights under the constitution, free speech. religious freedom, the unborn.”

All of this will be paid for by repeating the economic successes – which by February of this year had given the United States the highest employment rate in its history. As McCarthy said:

“We will come and rebuild the biggest economy. We’ve done it once and

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Freedom Caucus pushing McCarthy to back long-shot effort to remove Pelosi as House speaker

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are trying to convince House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to back an effort to remove Nancy Pelosi as the speaker of the chamber, an unrealistic long-shot effort happening less than seven weeks before Election Day.

McCarthy, R-Calif., on “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday night said he is not interested in pursuing the move against the speaker, essentially dashing any hope the Freedom Caucus members — who occupy just about 40 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives — would have had of gaining traction in their effort.

“What I’m in favor of is defeating Nancy Pelosi and [Jerry] Nadler and all the others,” McCarthy said as he made his pitch for Republicans deposing Pelosi, D-Calif., the old-fashioned way — by winning elections on Nov. 3. “If we were able to remove Nancy Pelosi you’d have another Democrat. The real challenge would be we’re … four weeks away from [the] election, or 40-some days. These Democrats could actually vote against Nancy Pelosi, use it in their campaigns to say they’re not with her, even though they vote with her 95% of the time.”

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But if the vote is forced it could put moderate Democrats in the uncomfortable spot of backing the controversial Pelosi on the record or publicly spurning their caucus’ leader. The Freedom Caucus is known for its rabble-rousing antics in the House. Its members previously mounted an effort against former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, which was unsuccessful.

“I don’t think it’s the best move at this moment,” McCarthy continued. “I think the best move is win 218 seats and that defeats Nancy Pelosi.”

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., however, prodded Republican leadership to engage with the long-shot effort to remove Pelosi in a Wednesday night tweet.

REP. ANDY BIGGS: NANCY PELOSI NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM HER POST AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

“Isn’t it past time for Rep. Nancy Pelosi to leave her office as Speaker of the House?” he said. “I call upon our leaders in Congress to put forward the Motion to Vacate the Chair that has been prepared and merely needs to be brought to the floor.”

Biggs linked to a Sept. 7 Fox News op-ed in which he made the case for removing Pelosi — though the op-ed does not acknowledge the nearly nonexistent chance of success such a motion would have. Every Republican could vote for it, as well as double-digit Democrats in a campaign stunt that McCarthy says could help them in moderate districts, and Pelosi would still hold onto the speaker’s gavel.

“Pelosi recently referred to members of Congress who support President Donald Trump as ‘domestic criminals,'” Biggs wrote. “The left hates President Trump and the Americans who voted for him. In and of itself, it is a most despicable statement designed to divide the nation, but it shows a disregard for the institution itself.”

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Rep. McCarthy: What has Pelosi, Democrat majority solved in the House?

The Republican Party retaking the House of Representatives is not a far-off fantasy, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Ca., told “The Ingraham Angle” host Laura Ingraham.

Under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, not many problems have been solved, McCarthy argued, and Democratic representation is dwindling.

“Do you know that there are fewer Democrats in the House since Nancy Pelosi held the gavel?” he asked. “We won every special election we played in, and that was in Democrats’ seats that Democrats won by more than nine points. And it happened to be in California.”

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“The real question is, what are the results of the Democrats?” he continued. “They should be embarrassed of how much they have embraced the socialists. Name me one problem this Democrat majority has solved. There isn’t one.”

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi rips a copy of President Donald Trump's speech after he delivered the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi rips a copy of President Donald Trump’s speech after he delivered the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

McCarthy argued that Republicans have been committed to America by growing the economy and adding jobs. On the other hand, he admitted he hasn’t had a “substantive” conversation with Pelosi in “more than a year.”

“Yesterday, we watched world peace happen for the Middle East on the steps inside the White House,” he said. “You know what Nancy Pelosi did? She turned down the invitation and she held votes in the floor of the House trying to make members not go there.”

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According to a Politico report, McCarthy is being pressed to oust Pelosi from her seat, but he told Ingraham that he doesn’t think it’s the best tactic prior to the election.

“I think the best move is win 218 seats, and that defeats Nancy Pelosi,” he said. “But you know what else it defeats? [Jerry] Nadler. Maxine Waters. Adam Schiff and the others. That is our best play right now.”

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy: America, if Republicans take the House in November, here’s the agenda we’ll commit to

Americans will be voting earlier than ever in this year’s election.

Twenty-three states will be sending out mail-in ballots by September 19 and polling suggests a near majority of Americans plan to submit their vote as soon as possible. Say goodbye to the October surprise, Election Day is effectively here.

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As voters assess what Congress did for them over the last two years, the record of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic Party majority is abysmal. Among their most serious derelictions:

  • They orchestrated the most baseless, rushed, and partisan impeachment in U.S. history.
  • They support defunding the police, defunding border patrol, and shrinking our military budget.  
  • They obstructed financial relief for the American people throughout the pandemic, demanding passage of an unrelated liberal wish list instead.

It was this time two years ago Democrats promised their majority would serve with “a responsibility to seek common ground.” They did just the opposite.

Americans are fed up with politicians who say one thing and then do another. Instead of empty rhetoric, they deserve results.

We are announcing our Commitment to America with three specific objectives: restore our way of life, rebuild the greatest economy in history, and renew the American dream. 

Republicans believe our constituents have a right to know exactly what we will do if given the privilege to lead the House of Representatives, and we have a responsibility to tell them.

That is why we are announcing our Commitment to America with three specific objectives: restore our way of life, rebuild the greatest economy in history, and renew the American dream.

Without question, we must and we will defeat COVID-19 and keep America healthy.

To restore our way of life, we will work to triple rapid testing nationwide, deliver a vaccine that is safe, effective, and available by the end of the year, protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, and invest in therapeutics while lowering drug prices across the board.

Compounding the national challenge caused by the pandemic are the job losses and small business closures it has brought on across our nation.

To rebuild our economy, we will commit to get America working again and add 10 million new jobs through proven, pro-growth policies. That starts with $200 billion in forgivable loans to local businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. This program, which I call our Marshall Plan for Main Street, has already saved 51 million jobs and can still save more. Democrats’ continued refusal to pass more relief over politics will only take our economy backwards.

Beyond supporting existing businesses — which helped create the greatest economy in a generation before the pandemic — we will continue to bolster America’s poorest communities by making permanent Opportunity Zone credits, which generate $10 billion in economic growth each year.

But perhaps there is no more urgent post-pandemic undertaking than ending our dependence on China. This virus has exposed countless vulnerabilities, particularly China’s control of critical

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McCarthy unveils GOP roadmap in effort to win back the House

Republicans need to pick up 17 seats to win the House, and the likelihood of that happening is low. But McCarthy says releasing a GOP agenda will boost their chances come Election Day.

“House Republicans have to have a plan. How can we work to help this country move forward?” McCarthy said in a telephone interview on Monday. “The fundamental thing you have to do is, how do you defeat this virus and make America healthy? So we lay out a plan within there. At the very start, we tackle Covid.”

The main themes of the Republican agenda are “Restore Our Way of Life,” “Rebuild the Greatest Economy in History,” and “Renew the American Dream.”

McCarthy is trying to rally his party around a unified plan without alienating Trump, whom the California Republican has closely allied himself with since 2016. Trump needs to perform well if the GOP has any shot at making meaningful gains in the House and holding on to the Senate; the results will also do much to shape McCarthy’s own political future.

And House Republicans have had some success with such plans before. In 1994, former Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and House Republicans issued the “Contract With America,” which helped bolster their historic takeover over the chamber. In 2010, McCarthy was part of the group that released the “Pledge to America,” which outlined GOP proposals to be implemented if they won the House. Republicans picked up 63 seats that year.

While the political environment is tough for them, the House GOP’s latest document — which was crafted with input from across the Republican conference, including more than 150 policy submissions, according to McCarthy — highlights a mix of broad thematic strokes and specific policy provisions.

“We’ve been working on this for quite some time, talking about policies that would put the country on a better track,” McCarthy said.

Yet at times, the House Republican agenda contradicts some of Trump’s own rhetoric and actions. The one-page memo, for example, calls for finding bipartisan solutions to tackle the nation’s debt and protect Social Security and Medicare. But the federal debt has soared by trillions of dollars under Trump, while the president’s executive action on the payroll tax deferral threatens the funding mechanism for both programs.

The House Republican’s agenda also shares many of the same themes that Trump and the GOP touted at the Republican National Convention last month. That includes prioritizing “school choice” for children; opposing efforts to “defund the police” in the wake of racial unrest and protests while calling for additional $1.5 billion federal funding for police training; and pouring $200 billion in forgivable loans for small business through the Paycheck Protection Program.

McCarthy appointed a China task force earlier this year, and the House GOP agenda vows to implement the recommendations that will come out of that group. Key to that are efforts to increase U.S. manufacturing, as well as reforming “our supply chain for critical needs like medicines, protective medical equipment, and technology.”

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