House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Has An Idea: “There Are Billions Of Dollars Sitting Out There After COVID For Schools That We Should Redirect That Money To Allow The Schools To Use That To Have One Central Point Of Entrance To Protect These Kids From A Lot Of Different Areas And Different Items Going Forward”

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It was recently reported by Breitbart that on Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Fox Business Tonight,” House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called for allowing school districts to reuse the billions of dollars in unspent COVID relief money allocated to schools to bolster security around schools, including by having only one entry point, and called for a greater focus on mental health.

McCarthy stated, “[W]e have been able to pass, Richard Hudson led on stop the school violence, where we provided a great deal — amount of money so schools could [reevaluate], see where that — they could come in. If the school was on lockdown, could the doors have been locked where he couldn’t have gotten in? These are items that we’ve looked [at] before.

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And remember, Sean, there are billions of dollars sitting out there after COVID for schools that we should redirect that money to allow the schools to use tha.t to have one central point of entrance to protect these kids from a lot of different areas and different items going forward. But these are things we should be able to look at, to be able to solve, and we’ve really got to be focusing on mental health as well.”

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It was further reported by Politico that

Last July, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his picks for the Jan. 6 select committee after Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to seat two of his choices.

Now, McCarthy says a criminal conviction of Steve Bannon — who is facing contempt charges for defying a select committee subpoena — would be invalid because the committee doesn’t have enough members.

“It is undisputed that the Speaker of the House failed to appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee,” McCarthy argued in a legal brief Tuesday, submitted to U.S. District Court judge Carl Nichols, who is presiding over Bannon’s two-count contempt of Congress case. “Failure of the House Speaker to ‘appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee’ deprives the Select Committee of its competence and no criminal prosecution arising from conduct (or lack thereof) before the Select Committee can lie.”

McCarthy’s brief, filed jointly with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, is an extraordinary intervention by minority lawmakers to confront the majority in court — particularly. And it comes as McCarthy himself is facing a subpoena from the select committee requiring him to testify on May 31.

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He has yet to indicate whether he will cooperate with the panel, but his legal argument suggests he sees the subpoena itself as invalid as well.

The Republican leaders say they decided to file the brief in response to House Democrats’ own decision to submit their own brief in Bannon’s case earlier this month. Pelosi touted the filing in a May 10 press release, contending that the House was defending itself against Bannon’s contention that the select committee was improperly constituted.

“[Bannon]’s attacks against the validity of the subpoena are deeply flawed: They ignore the deference that a court owes the House regarding the meaning and application of its own rules and procedures,” House Counsel Doug Letter wrote in the filing.

At the heart of the dispute is the language of the resolution that created the Jan. 6 select committee last year. According to the resolution, Pelosi “shall appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee, 5 of whom shall be appointed after consultation with [McCarthy].”

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