GOP leader outlines legislative agenda for next 100 days

Victoria Sarno Jordan

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Sunday laid out several items on the House legislative agenda for the next 100 days during the start of President Trump’s administration.

“If you want to get the country moving and growing again, there are four columns that you have to look at,” McCarthy said in an interview with John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.

“One is healthcare … so we are going to repeal ObamaCare and replace it,” McCarthy said, insisting that Republicans would find a replacement for the law.

{mosads}”We will assure everybody we are replacing it, just as we’ve always said and just like we’ve had the ideas out there that will allow people to actually have a better relationship with their doctor, not have ‘one size fits all,’ bring more choice into the process … and bring the premiums down. It’s — people are going to like what they see,” he added.

McCarthy also criticized the volume of regulations under the Obama administration, adding that Congress will follow the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act), which is designed to keep regulations and their costs down by forcing all new major regulations to be approved by Congress.

“But the challenge here is, you’ve got to get the country moving and working again, so you see [regulation] reform going forward,” the lawmaker added.

The last two key areas on the agenda are tax reform and infrastructure reform, McCarthy said. 
“You’ve got to get the economic engine of America growing again, so the middle class can grow again, and to me that’s tax reform,” he argued. 
“And the fourth pillar … is infrastructure. You got to make sure that America has the infrastructure in the 21st century to be able to compete,” he added.
When asked if Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will ever be built, McCarthy promised that immigration reform, including border security, is also one of the top priorities for the new Congress.
“The number one responsibility of government is security,” McCarthy assured. “And we have to make sure we have a secure border. It’s the fundamental issue when it comes to one of the rules that the government needs to do.”
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