By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 06/22/14 10:05 AM EDT
The soon-to-be House majority leader said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidNearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo Puerto Rico debt relief faces serious challenges in Senate McCain files B amendment to boost defense spending MORE (D-Nev.) was the reason legislation couldn’t move through Congress.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said there are over 240 bills that have passed the House but have not been brought up in the Senate.
“So what is the hold-up here?” asked McCarthy. “It’s Harry Reid and the Senate. If that fundamentally changes in November, I think it will be a new day for America and a new direction.”
Host Chris Wallace asked McCarthy about his attitude toward working with President Obama during the remainder of his presidency.
McCarthy said that because the Senate has not sent bills to the president’s desk to be signed into law, Republicans have not been able to negotiate on many issues with Obama.
Republicans are hoping to win over Democratic Senate seats during the November midterms, especially in states such as Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire and North Carolina.
A majority in the Senate would give the GOP more power to push through legislation in both houses to send to the president for his signature.
Currently, the GOP has 47 Senate seats and Democrats hold 53, which means Republicans would need to hold their current seats and win six more.