GOP House leader drafts to-do list for president’s first 100 days

Preparing to meet President Trump’s ambitious legislative itinerary, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) addressed priorities for the lower chamber of Congress over the next 100 days during an interview Sunday with New York radio host John Catsimatidis.

Addressing widespread public concern over healthcare, McCarthy vowed the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be accompanied with a law replacing former President Barack Obama’s signature law.

“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,” McCarthy said.

While pledging regulatory reform, McCarthy hinted at an economy stalling and inveighed against the excessive rules imposed by Obama’s White House.

Promising to use the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act) as a guideline to achieve the repeal of stifling regulation, McCarthy explained a vital element of economic revival would be the repeal of regulation.

When addressing obligations to the middle class, McCarthy mentioned his final two priorities, tax reform and infrastructure spending.  Although McCarthy lacked specifics to proposed changes to tax code and did not mention definite cuts, his words reflected an understanding of a stagnant economy for the past eight years.

“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,” McCarthy averred. 

Laying out his final area of concentration, infrastructure, McCarthy, linking the footing required to remain competitive to taxes, indicated the House plans on presenting President Trump with proposals to upgrade the national web of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, ports and waterways, and pipelines in need of repair or replacement.

Without mentioning the middle class specifically, McCarthy addressed the two areas jointly in all likelihood over ties between construction, steel manufacturing, and similar sectors, which would be the basis for a rejuvenation of the economy.


[The Hill] [Photo courtesy AP via Los Angeles Times]