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April 11, 2013 - 9:31 pm

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Thursday that the lower chamber’s Republicans “have kind of got their mojo back” over the past couple of months and are ready to charge forward with tax reform.

“We looked at three major obstacles in that time and we were able to make the cuts, save more money, and make the Senate for the first time in the last four years do a budget – the last time they did a budget the iPad wasn’t even introduced yet,” McCarthy said on a conference call with reporters. “But their vote-a-rama also got them on record on a number of different items and we did all that by ignoring the president and going back to regular order and that is how we are moving in a much better direction.”

Of the big things on the horizon, he said, “a major piece of this will be tax reform.”

“This is a key issue all Republicans believe in – making the government smaller, making the economy stronger and letting people keep more of what they earn,” McCarthy added.

With an eye on midterms, though, the whip said the looming implementation date could be the Dems’ downfall.

“I truly think ObamaCare is going to come back and be the No. 1 item in the next election,” McCarthy said. “The dysfunction of this system that was created will fail. Look at what they just did with the program for pre-existing conditions. They don’t have any more money left in it.”

“We don’t have any legislation yet but we are looking at a lot of different ways to look at the slush fund to use for the pre-existing conditions programs. I don’t know why you would use this for administrative costs for something that is dysfunctional already. I think it is a way we can highlight how Obamacare is making the cost of healthcare rise and is making the health care system worse.”

The No. 3 ranking Republican in the House gave President Obama credit for turning in a budget and taking a stab at entitlement reform.

“When you look at the challenge before America, entitlements are going bankrupt and for too long the Democrats have ignored it,” he said. “…This is the beginning of the discussion. The one thing we want to see happen is Medicare protected – that means it has to be reformed and we protect those that are near retirement and the eligibility age – and adding new private sector ideas that will bring down the cost and give greater choice to the individual. I think we have led in this process.”

On gun control, McCarthy said he was talking with another member on the floor who wanted to put together a coalition on violence, bearing in mind the stabbing spree at a Texas community college this week.

“The one common denominator that you see in these tragedies is the mental health of that individual and we have had different hearings on this,” he said. “I know the Senate can do their work but the one thing about the House is we believe in regular order. Whatever does come out of the Senate, it would go to committee and the House would put in their view and research of what they’ve done on the best way to deal with any problems.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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It should have influenced the last election. Too many voters are unaware of what is happening in this country. Those voters may lose all their subsidized freebees.
1 year ago
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Note to Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy: we can't afford to "wait till the next election" because we will have Obamacare to demonize the Democrats. We've tried that strategy ad infinitum, but tomorrow never comes! We need to use the power we do have to start doing something NOW, while we still have the remnants of our constitutional republic. If you clowns are not down for the struggle, get the hell out of the way and turn the gavel over to someone who is! Give me 6 months with Allen West as speaker and let's see if anything has changed. I know that nothing has changed since 2010, so what have we got to lose (except your leadership jobs, with perks and tenure!)
1 year ago
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"the next election"?

H-m-m-m, . . . except—as one of the Chinese military generals told one of our guys: “We’re going to hurt you.”—just suppose that, the 200M man Chinese army is now gearing up for a Sino-Russian invasion of the USA, to commence when the USA is hit by even one EMP weapon’s blast, . . . in such a scenario, I wonder how long might be reasonably supposed before there is a "next election", . . .
1 year ago
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Boehner and Chairman David Drier conspired in the House Rules Committee to block Cong. Steve King's amendment which would stop all funding and all federal employees from being used to implement ObamaCare. They did this when the GOP regained the House majority after ObamaCare was rammed through. The GOP is complicit in ObamaCare and they want an endless series of symbolic votes and public statements. If ObamaCare was gone they wouldn't have much to talk about. If voters are stupid enough to keep falling for this they are the real problem in the party.
1 year ago
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"“have kind of got their mojo back” ". Oh honey, what bus do you think we stepped off of?
1 year ago
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Republican's? After they screwed the people over on gun control? bent over and took the democrat shaft with out a squeak?
There is no political party in the US that actually represents the will of the people. They are both the same socialist bunch of career politicians.
1 year ago
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They sure talk a good show. Why did the Republican establishment back the only Presidential candidate that effectively removed obamacare as an issue?
1 year ago
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I see where Kathleen Succubus is blaming the "Affordable Health Care" cluster-**** on the GOP. LOL!!!!! What a maroon. Predictably, the left will grovel at her feet, slobbering their approval of what she says. Well Nancy, you passed it, now we know what's in it. Increased taxes, fewer doctors, higher premiums, longer wait times in the germ incubator (more patients, fewer doctors, longer waiting room dwell time), interrogation by your doctor (do you own a.... GASP... firearm?), a chance at more government corruption and who knows what other little gems await us? The game plan for the liberal.
1 year ago
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I have read what others are saying in here.Won't deny that much of whats said is truth mostly.IN the past 6 months especially!my eyes have been opened to why the Republican party has become weak.1 name pops up more often,this is Karl Rove.Weve got to choose whether a man,or a women with very conservative values&no longer moderates.Ted Cruz is 1 of those who won't cave,or give into liberal causes.A few others,but a small group.If they stand their ground then they can influence others&possibly defeat Obamacare.Liz
1 year ago
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I think if I printed this column and gave it to a low information voter to interpret they could not begin to understand what McCarthy just said there.

1 year ago
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Oh, yeah. Republicans got their mojo back alright: They are MOstly JOkes. Pat "Sock It" Toomey vying for the Arlen Specter Award. Pete King in NY is salivating to destroy the Second Amendment. Boehner is getting ready to pull another boner against the House majority, his constituents, and the will of We The People. GOP=Gutless Out-of-Control Politicians.
1 year ago
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There are no democrats nor republican's these folks are self serving, navel gazing, head up their ass communist career politician's and the very last people on earth they represent are the citizens of the nation, the Washington DC crowd loves every foreign people except it's own people.
They just want to harness us in silence and unarmed slavery so we won't squawk so much when they rob us, and screw us.
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