Federal money will be allocated to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, as immigration reform has to start with a secure border, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday.
"We always talked about having a secure border," the California Republican said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," in response to a question about Republicans rejecting less-expensive spending projects in recent years.
"If you want immigration reform you have to start with a secure border and something talked about and something on the campaign."
McCarthy pointed out a bipartisan measure was passed in 2005 for the wall. To make that happen, he said money will need to be appropriated, "and that is something you'll see continue to move forward."
During an MSNBC interview Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress will work with President Donald Trump on upfront financing for the wall, commenting estimations the project could cost between $8 billion and $14 billion sound "about right."
McCarthy also discussed a retreat beginning in Philadelphia on Thursday for Republican lawmakers and President Trump, saying they will be talking about a 200-day plan, which will address healthcare, former President Barack Obama's regulations, and more.
"We all know the healthcare today is collapsing, so we want to repair the healthcare in America," McCarthy said.
In addition, the meeting will also address former President Barack Obama's large slate of regulations, leading to congress passing the Congressional Review Act, which starts Jan. 30.
"Those regulations that came in in the last 60 legislative days, the people will be able to review those going through, and the Senate will be able to review those as well," McCarthy said.
In addition, Congress has already been discussing tax reform, with the hopes of getting the push through by summer.
Infrastructure matters will then come after tax reform, McCarthy said, and he thinks that push will be "very bipartisan."
Tax reform work will follow the infrastructure plans, McCarthy said, and if all four items on the agenda are accomplished, "you have a very strong combination for a strong economy and a strong America moving forward."
McCarthy, also appearing on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," commented it cannot be predicted what Republicans meeting with Trump on Thursday will hear.
"I will tell you this man at times is unpredictable," McCarthy said. "That's what I love about him. He is going to push us, and is he going to drive us. He has probably the biggest work ethic I have ever seen.
"You have to understand, this is only the third time since World War II have the Republicans ever had the majority in the House, the Senate, and the White House. And this is different than Eisenhower and George W. Bush. This is a change election. That the country wants to see a fundamental change."
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