McCarthy makes pitch for GOP-run Senate

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Associated Press

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 19 at 3:01 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The new U.S. House majority leader says the congressional logjam would be broken if Republicans win control of the Senate.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California was in Kentucky on Saturday for a fundraiser in Bowling Green to assist state GOP House candidates. The GOP is making a strong push this year to end Democrats' historic control of the Kentucky House.

McCarthy blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for causing congressional inaction on key issues. He says things will get done if Republicans solidify control of Congress by winning the Senate.

He mentioned immigration, tax reform and energy as key issues needing attention.

Kentucky's hard-fought Senate race could be crucial in deciding which party runs the Senate after November. The campaign pits Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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