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U.S. House leader, at state GOP convention, says White House committed to helping state party candidates

By in Press Enterprise on October 22, 2017

By Martin Wisckol

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy assured state Republican Party convention delegates Saturday that the White House cares about California — particularly when it comes to helping congressional Republicans targeted by Democrats.

The GOP holds just 14 of the state’s 53 congressional seats. Hillary Clinton won in seven of those districts — including five in Southern California. That’s a key reason national Democrats have targeted those districts in their effort to gain the 24 seats needed to gain control of the House.

“This administration understands the importance of California,” McCarthy, a Bakersfield Republican, told the luncheon crowd at the Marriott Anaheim.

He was joined by Vice President Mike Pence for a three-day California fundraising tour earlier this month, raising $5 million to help the campaigns of the state’s targeted Republican House members, he said.

While less bombastic than controversial former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s Friday speech at the convention, McCarthy was similarly supportive of President Donald Trump.

McCarthy championed the economic growth since Trump took office, compared Trump’s tough foreign-policy posture favorably to Ronald Reagan’s, touted the House’s accomplishments and criticized the Senate for not getting more done.

At this point in the last five presidencies, an average of 264 bills had been passed by the House and 162 of those languished in the Senate. Under Trump, the House has passed 362 bills while 286 of those remain stuck in the Senate, McCarthy said.

Other speakers Saturday included Stephen Moore, founder of the conservative Club for Growth, and Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, both of whom built arguments for the tax cuts proposed by Trump.

“Tax cuts are one of the grown jewels of Donald Trump’s agenda,” said Moore, an economist who offered a PowerPoint to support the belief that such cuts will be a boon to the economy.

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