House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) accused President Obama today of being more concerned about taking back the House next year then working with Republicans to pass important legislation.
In a press conference on Capitol Hill, McCarthy complained that Obama phoned House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) after the election “to say, ‘how can we continue the political play, and win back the House, and put Nancy back as Speaker?'”
“[The president] did not call [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid to talk about legislation to move in the Senate,” McCarthy said. “He did not call Speaker [John] Boehner and say, ‘the election is over, let’s work together to put America first.'”
McCarthy cited a Washington Post report over the weekend, which explained how Obama plans on using his presidential campaign to help raise money for House Democrats in 2014.
Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney downplayed the story, claiming that winning back control of the House “is not a focus of [Obama’s].”
“He is focused on trying to get a bipartisan consensus around some very important policy objectives,” Carney said.
McCarthy called on Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and work with the GOP to cut federal waste, and consolidate federal job training and assistance programs.