House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy joined me to open the show to discuss whether the Patriot Act would lapse:
HH: We begin today’s program with a special shout-out to our special friends listening on AM1070, KNTH in Houston, and to our friends at KLUP, AM930 in San Antonio, basically underwater in both places, 11 inches of rain in Houston, 30 people are missing. I’ll keep you posted on that disaster. Governor Greg Abbott all over Twitter bringing us updates, but it’s really horrific. I begin today’s show with the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Kevin McCarthy. Mr. Leader, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to have you on.
KM: Hugh, thanks for having me, and I do want to put our prayers out to those being flooded throughout Oklahoma and Texas. It’s devastating, the stories you’re hearing out there.
HH: Yeah, 11 inches of rain. We could use it in your Central Valley…
HH: But it’s just too much at one time in Texas. Kevin McCarthy, that’s a natural, manmade disaster. I’m worried about terrorist-made disasters and whether or not this country’s going to be covered come next week. And where are we on the Patriot Act? What is the option open to Congress, because I can’t believe we’re going to go back to a 9/10 world and leave ourselves vulnerable.
KM: I do not believe we’re going to get there. And just so your listeners know, now the House has passed what is the USA Freedom Act, because it’s updated it. It made some changes and corrections to it. And that passed with 338 votes, early, sending it over to the Senate. But unfortunately, they went to cloture, and they were three votes short. It was 57-42. You know, in the Senate, it takes 60 to pass anything. Now they come back on May 31st. I’m pretty confident that they’re going to find three votes and pass that USA Freedom Act. Continue Reading