House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) submits his weekly report from Capitol Hill. In his words:
"At the Red Cross Real Heroes ceremony, I was honored to unveil this year’s awardees. In addition to a number of other worthy recipients, we recognized Jamin Moore, who has recovered from injuries sustained
in Iraq, and remembered the lives of three fallen heroes, Army Corporal Brett Land, Lance Corporal Joseph Lopez and Sergeant Brian Pedro. I will be forever grateful for the selfless service of all our men and women in uniform.
"Particularly inspiring was eight-year-old Braylin Camp who, motivated by the desire to give another the coat off her back, spearheaded an incredibly successful coat drive to help others. The ability of our young people to clearly see a need and not hesitate to take action to remedy it never ceases to inspire me.
"Equally inspiring is the persistent sense of hope and entrepreneurship in our community. On Monday, I had a conversation with members of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce about encouraging job growth, and was on hand for the ribbon cutting and official opening of Juicy Burger. I was excited they made me part of their secret menu with the “McCarthy Burger.”
"It reminded me of when I operated Kevin O's Deli, where I experienced one of the greatest challenges to running a small business: overregulation by government. Today, overregulation is even more prevalent and destructive. As a firm believer that it is individual innovation and ingenuity that dictates success, not government, I am continuing to fight for smaller government.
"This week also marked the one-year anniversary of Obamacare, a law that would impose overwhelming burdens on our community’s small businesses. But there is good news. House Republicans have passed a
full repeal of Obamacare and the job-destroying 1099 reporting requirements, as well as funding restrictions to severely limit the President’s ability to implement the law. Americans remain as opposed to this law now as they were one year ago, and early Obamacare supporter Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said this week that the law will impose ‘too great’ a pressure on small businesses. I agree, which is why I will not stop fighting until Obamacare is fully repealed and defunded. Instead, we will put in place common sense solutions to make
health care more affordable without increasing taxes or adding to our debt.
"America’s debt is another issue standing in the way of job creation and economic growth, and next month, my colleagues and I will unveil a budget that will take significant steps to reduce it and put our country back on a path to prosperity. Republicans in the House are committed to taking on big government and getting Washington’s fiscal house in order. The coming weeks and months will be full of action, and I will keep you updated on our progress.