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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Steve Scalise (1st District of Louisiana)

November 20, 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. to discuss House Democrats’ shift towards socialism. Whip Scalise blasted Democrats for voting for a socialist agenda for two years while putting their far-left political priorities over workers and families. Whip Scalise emphasized how voters rejected Democrats’ socialist agenda and promised that House Republicans will fight for conservative values that will deliver results for hard-working families across the country. 

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On Democrats’ shift to the socialist left:
“If you look at where these Members are, they’re not moderates anymore, they’re liberals versus the socialists on the Democrat side. And frankly, a lot of those liberals were voting for the socialist agenda the last two years. Everything from the Green New Deal, to Medicare for All, to defunding the police and raising taxes, they voted for it. The voters rejected them and now they’re yelling about it. You know, if they just voted with us and worked with us on a lot of things they wouldn’t have had those problems but regardless of that, we’re going to continue fighting for the conservative beliefs we have, and we have at least a dozen more Members coming in than we had before to join us in that fight. We have a great new class of Republican freshman and a lot of energy that they’re bringing to fight socialism. So, if they’re going to try to move a socialist agenda, we’re going to fight it tooth and nail and it’ll be rejected at the ballot again and we’ll win the majority back.”
On the so-called “moderate” Democrats:
“We’ve given [Democrats] opportunities [to work with Republicans] the last two years and they rejected it. They voted with Pelosi. Every one of them voted over ninety percent of the time with Pelosi and AOC. So, it’s kind of hard to call yourself a moderate when you’re voting with socialists ninety-plus percent of the time. We’ll give them more opportunities in the next Congress, and we’ll see where they go. Ultimately, they’re going to have to make that decision, but they’re having a big internal fight right now because AOC’s not going to let up and she’s pushing Pelosi to be even more far to the socialist left and that’s not where America is.”
On the importance of the Georgia Senate elections:
“Bernie Sanders’ socialist approach was rejected in the Democrat primary. I know Joe Biden tried to adopt a lot of it anyway, but then he tried to run away from it in the end because he knew that it was very unpopular with the public. You know, this is where the Senate is very important. Those two seats in Georgia are very important. When Chuck Schumer in New York tells people, ‘We can change Georgia, we can change America,’ I don’t think the people of Georgia want to give their two Senate votes as a proxy to Chuck Schumer to implement New York values in Georgia. So, that’s what’s at stake in Georgia. And ultimately, if we hold the Senate the ability for them to move socialism through the Senate or even socialist Cabinet picks through the Senate would be very uphill. The American people rejected socialism in a lot of ways. Look at Miami alone. We flipped two Democrat House seats in Miami to Republican because a lot of people, especially a lot of the Cuban population that fled socialism, they don’t want to see socialism brought to America.”
On COVID relief negotiations:
“There’s not an agreement now, but I would like to see us get another round of PPP loans. There is wide agreement on that. Pelosi needs to stop holding them hostage for bailing out failed states like New York and California.”