Speaking at a fundraiser in Hauppauge, NY, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy(R-Calif.) told an audience of donors this week that the House leadership must govern in the next 2 years or gains made in it and the Senate will mean little.
McCarthy became the No. 2 Republican in the House last summer. He laid out in the richest detail yet his goals for a Republican-controlled Capitol Hill to Politico.
If republicans take the Senate, as many expect, next week, McCarthy told Politico that one unified agenda will bridge both chambers. House and Senate Republicans will kick off the year at a joint retreat to get on the same page. He and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) have already been holding private dinners with lawmakers from both chambers to build relationships.
“You have a lot of new people over there and [they] don’t instinctively like the Senate to start with, which I get,” Thune said. “In the House, it’s a dynamic where you really have to work it. And we’re trying to do a better job of that.”