Parliamentary Minority Leader McCarthy denounces ‘one-party rule’ for peak COVID, ‘economy crippled’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Argued on Sunday that “the one-party rule” “has led to” an increase in COVID, closed schools and a crippled economy. “

He also lambasted the Biden administration for having “no accountability”, stressing that House Republicans in 2022 will be able to hold the administration and Democrats “accountable and get America back on track.” .

McCarthy made the comments during an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” as he discussed priorities for the new House session.

He also lambasted “Democrats’ number one goal” which he said is HR 1 electoral reform legislation.

HR 1, the biggest overhaul of US electoral law in at least a generation, touches on many aspects of the voting process. It would require states to automatically register eligible voters and offer same-day registration. This would limit the ability of states to purge registered voters from their lists and restore the voting rights of former criminals. Among dozens of other provisions, it would also require states to offer 15 days of early voting and allow postal voting without excuse.

McCarthy argued Democrats should focus on “securing our border” and “getting small businesses back to work.”

The chairmen of the two GOP congressional re-election committees appear very confident that Republicans will regain a majority in the House of Representatives and Senate midway through 2022.

“We’re going to take over the Senate, absolutely,” promised Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee, in an interview with Fox News two months ago.

And the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota, told Fox News around the same time: “Note my words: Republicans will enter the 118th Congress with a majority and a record class of members.” diversified. “

McCarthy is also “optimistic” that Republicans will regain a majority in the House of Representatives, stressing in welcoming Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that “there are many areas in which we need to hold them back [Democrats] indebted. ”

“First and foremost, if we are lucky enough to earn the trust of the American people and win the majority, we will secure this border to stop human trafficking and drug trafficking,” he said. declared.

“We will make it easier to open a small business, not harder. We will make America independent of energy again, the price of gasoline lower, so that we can manufacture here in America.”

“We will spend the ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights, ‘”McCarthy continued, stressing that these moves are” just the beginning. ”


In November, Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Introduced the “Parents Bill of Rights” in an attempt “to defend the basic rights of parents against efforts to exclude them from their children’s education.” , according to a Press release form his office.

Democrats hope to defend their very slim majorities in both chambers in this year’s midterm elections, but they face historic headwinds and face an unfavorable political environment accentuated by President Biden’s poll numbers.

In the House, Republicans have far exceeded expectations in 2020 and have taken a big chunk of the Democrats’ majority. As the GOP lost control of the White House and Senate, Republicans toppled a dozen House seats and need a net gain of just five in the 435-member chamber in November to regain a majority which they held for eight years before losing her amid a blue wave midway through 2018.

Republicans have history on their side. On average, the party that wins the White House in a presidential election loses more than 25 House seats in the ensuing midterm election. And the decade-long congressional redistribution process may favor the GOP, as Republicans control more state legislatures and governors’ offices than Democrats.

Retirement is often seen as a first barometer of things to come in the medium term. And last year, 23 House Democrats announced they would retire after the current term or seek another position in the 2022 election, compared to just 13 House Republicans.


“If we manage to win the majority, this is how we can govern,” McCarthy told Bartiromo on Sunday, noting that “the lines have not yet been drawn.”

He also highlighted all the retirements of House Democrats.

When asked how many House seats he thinks could be reversed, McCarthy replied that Republicans “want to win enough that we have a government majority,” which he says “means reaching the kingdom. 20 and over “.

“If we are lucky enough to win 35 Republican seats, it would be the largest Republican majority in over a hundred years,” he said.

The Congressional Democratic Campaign Committee (DCCC) pointed out to Fox News that “House Democrats are heading into the midterms with record fundraising numbers, earlier-than-ever investments in the organization and a very popular program among the voters of the battlefield “.

DCCC spokesman Chris Taylor argued that because “voters see Democratic members and candidates focused on restarting the economy and getting people back to work,” the DCCC believes that “incumbent or no, we are confident in our ability to win the House once again. “


Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.