House Speaker candidate vows to pass six-year highway bill


By Kevin Yanik|  October 2, 2015, Pit and Quarry

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House Majority Leader, pledged to pass a long-term highway bill earlier this week if he is selected to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker of the House.

McCarthy made his vow on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” according to The Hill.

“Well, [fundamentally], I’m going to change as Speaker,” McCarthy says. “We’re going to make sure we get the highway bill done.”

Specifically, McCarthy envisions passing a six-year bill.

“If we pass a highway bill with tax reform at the same time, that’s policy,” he says. “That changes the inversion process; that means more money comes back to America. That puts a six-year highway bill on to the floor and starts moving and building roads that we need in American infrastructure.”

McCarthy expressed confidence in his ability to steer passage of a long-term bill, according to The Hill.

“You’re going to see a difference that it’s going to be a six-year bill,” he says. “You’re going to see reforms when you want to talk about policy as well, that we don’t wait 10 years when we approve a road to be built.”