Friday, April 3, 2009

Kevin McCarthy: My weekly report from the Hill

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, shared some good news in this week's "Report from the Hill." As usual, he is heading back to the district for the weekend. In His words:

"Good news regarding the Bakersfield Federal Courthouse. Working with Congressman Jim Costa, the Bakersfield Federal Courthouse project cleared a major hurdle Tuesday night by receiving the necessary funding to proceed with construction. With the caseload and back load of court cases that exist, this project is important to our community. For over a year and a half, I have been trying to cut the red tape of our bureaucracy and instill some common-sense related to hurdles imposed on us relating to this courthouse. We are moving forward and I will continue to work with our community to ensure that this courthouse becomes reality.

"The federal budget debate was intense this week and the budget that passed will chart the course of our country for years to come. I worked with my colleagues on a budget that focused on job creation, and brought down spending because the $9 trillion in additional debt proposed by the Democratic House budget proposal will mortgage the futures of our children and grandchildren. We cannot afford to continue on this path of borrowing and spending that will have to be paid for not by us, but by future generations. Unfortunately, our budget proposal did not pass, and the budget that did pass last night would double our national debt in the next eight years (and beginning in 2012, and every year thereafter, the government will spend more than $1 billion a day just to pay interest on our debt). Even with the passage of this budget, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to fight for common-sense fiscal accountability.

"I also wanted to catch everyone up a bit on last Friday’s unveiling of my WIND Energy Act in Tehachapi. The goal of this bill is to create a stable business climate to allow for more and continued investment in clean renewable wind energy by extending the production tax credit (PTC) for the next decade. Additionally, it will create green jobs in an economy that definitely needs more jobs and clean renewable energy development. I believe Congress needs to act now to take action to create a climate for stable wind energy development and other renewables.

"Also, I wanted to let everyone know that I am accepting internship applications for my summer internship program. I got my start as an intern for Congressman Bill Thomas, and I encourage those who have an interest in local or national events to check this opportunity out. Applicants must be of junior standing in college and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students would spend two weeks working in our local office in Bakersfield and then will work for four weeks in my Washington DC office. To apply, students should visit my website ( or call my district office in Bakersfield at (661) 327-3611.

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