McCarthy: 'Democratic Policies Have Already Taken One Month of Your Wages’

Melanie Arter | September 23, 2022 | 6:38pm EDT
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

( - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday unveiled the House Republicans’ Commitment to America, which is aimed at fighting inflation, lowering the cost of living, making the country energy independent, reducing gas prices, strengthening the supply chain, and reducing dependence on China.

It also includes a plan to defend the country’s national security, reduce crime, protect public safety, secure the border and combat illegal immigration.

McCarthy said that Republicans plan to take the country in “a new direction.” 

He said that after speaking to voters across the country, Republicans heard the same thing: “Can I afford it? Can I afford to fill up my tank? Can I afford the food, the milk? Can I afford baby formula?”

“I asked everyone across this country, could you afford to give up one month of your wages?” he said while speaking in Pittsburgh, Pa. “The sad part is these Democratic policies have already taken one month of your wages. So now, the struggle you have is that you’re living through 12 months with 11 months pay now because inflation is so high.”

We warned the Democrats not to do that American Rescue Plan but It wasn’t just us warning. Larry Summers, secretary of Treasury, Democrat, told them, don’t do it. You’d bring inflation. Steve Ratner, Democratic advisor to Obama, calls it the original sin of inflation.

Then we watched what they did to our community: the defunding of the police. We got crime problems from Portland to Philadelphia with DAs and prosecutors who look the other way. We’ve watched what’s happened to our border, the millions of people who are just walking across - people on the terrorist watch list, but now we’re watching it create every community to be a border community. 

Fentanyl, the number one killer of Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. That poison starts in China and comes across our border. Do you realize it’s killing 300 Americans every day. It’s like an airliner crashing each day? If that happened three days in this country, we’d say it’s a crisis and we’d change it, but the White House tells us we are secure.

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