House speaker candidate talks basics: highways, agencies

Kevin McCarthy
FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCarthy says Congress must find a way to pass President Barack Obama's trade agenda. But he acknowledged there's no obvious pathway for now. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who hopes to become speaker, is talking about fixing some basics of government after years of social issues rocking his party.

The California Republican told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday that he wants to pass a six-year bill to pay for highway and transportation repairs – an issue that has been stuck in short-term fixes.

And he wants to embark on a government-wide reorganization of federal agencies to eliminate wasteful duplication.

Outgoing Speaker John Boehner complained that some conservatives have pushed House Republicans to wage harmful fights they can’t win on issues such as President Barack Obama’s health care law and abortion.

McCarthy says he’ll listen to everyone. He says Planned Parenthood shouldn’t get taxpayer dollars, and that he believes in fighting. But McCarthy added, “I believe in winning.”

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