ICYMI: McConnell on Kudlow
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Larry Kudlow this afternoon on Fox Business’ ‘Kudlow’. Click here to watch the full interview or see below for highlights:
On the Supreme Court and the Administrative State:
“I did choose not to fill the vacancy when Justice Scalia passed away before the 2016 election. I was the majority leader at the time, setting the agenda. I thought it would be a good idea to see what the American people wanted to do in their next president. It turned out very well. President Trump had good advice and he picked good people — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanagh, Amy Coney Barrett — and it is changing America.
“The most important case is probably the West Virginia case because, what it was was a decision by the Supreme Court that Congress could no longer simply give a generalized punt to the administration and they could go out and do anything they wanted to.
“Basically what the Court said was, if you want to give the EPA, in this particular instance, the opportunity to rearrange the entire American economy, say so in the legislation. I think this is going to have a huge impact on the administrative state, the overreach of executive branch, in coming years.”
On Reshaping the Judiciary:
“Single biggest accomplishment of the previous administration, no question about it. The fact we had a Republican majority in the Senate to confirm those nominees. As you know, Larry, we did 54 circuit judges as well. Men and women who believe in the quaint notion that judges ought to actually follow the law. It shouldn't be that controversial…
“[T]he majority leader gets to decide what you're going to do, the agenda, the order of doing things. What I always did was to put the judges first.
On Washington Democrats’ Prescription Drug Socialism:
“You and I worked on the 2017 tax bill, the single most important accomplishment of the previous four years in terms of the domestic economy. I think it's secure but they’re still going to do damage. They’re going to go after the pharmaceutical industry, put socialist price controls in charge, and that inevitably drives down the number of cures, the number of lives saved… More
importantly than whether or not anybody gets punished, this is going to reduce the number of life-saving cures dramatically and that is not in the best interest of the American people.
“This is a huge mistake but I’m thinking they're probably going to get all their ducks in a row, which would mean all 50 of the Democrats would have to agree to this. We’re going to fight it as much as we can.”
On Washington Democrats’ Failed Agenda:
“We don't get to set the agenda that is what the majority gets to do. We are fighting them tooth and nail. They’re doing nothing about the things that really concern the American people: inflation, crime, and open borders. That’s shaping up the fall election as a referendum on the performance of this entirely democratic government - Democrat president, House and Senate. How do you like it? And I think the atmosphere could not be better.”