House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill Watch live: McCarthy holds briefing with reporters MORE (R-Calif.) is encouraging incoming Democratic lawmakers to embrace bipartisanship, arguing such an approach benefits constituents more than a "partisan food fight" and investigations.
In a letter written to the soon-to-be freshman Thursday, the California Republican expressed his willingness to work with them and offered to meet with them during the 116th Congress.
Democrats are set to take over the House majority on Jan. 3.
“As you acknowledged in your letter to Democratic leadership, legislating is the number one priority of the legislative branch. I agree,” he wrote.
"If the next Congress devolves into a partisan food fight of accusations and investigations, it will come at the expense of real Americans. A minority of loud voices seem to prefer that outcome, but I think our country is too great for a vision so small.”
McCarthy said he’s encouraged by the enthusiasm of incoming members, writing he hopes they can hold onto their convictions while learning to compromise.
“Too often eagerness fades when members realize the institutional barriers to change are higher than they appear — and that fresh young talent and energy are not always valued highly in Washington,” he continued.
“As you work your way up in this institution, you have to keep a strong grasp on your core convictions while learning pragmatically how to compromise and get things done.”
McCarthy highlighted the 200 bipartisan bills passed in the House during the 115th Congress, adding he hopes they can continue on that path.
“We will not agree on every issue, and I understand if you doubt the sincerity of this offer in a political climate marked by distrust and polarization,” he wrote.
“Despite all of that, I still believe in the power of relationships and our common interests to improve the lives of our neighbors.”