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If House Speaker, will Rep. Kevin McCarthy elevate California's Central Valley? Maybe




Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is seen on Capitol Hill shortly after being elected House majority leader in 2014. He's now the leading candidate to replace House Speaker John Boehner when he retires next month.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is seen on Capitol Hill shortly after being elected House majority leader in 2014. He's now the leading candidate to replace House Speaker John Boehner when he retires next month.
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Congress continues to hash out a federal budget days before a deadline and the threat of another government shutdown. It's all shaping up as the House of Representatives gets ready for new Republican leadership following Speaker John Boehner's sudden announcement last week that he would retire.

That opens up the leadership role at a contentious time, with an emboldened conservative wing of the Republican Party and some key issues still on the table, like immigration and funding for Planned Parenthood.

California Congressman Kevin McCarthy from Bakersfield is the likely candidate to take Boehner's place as Speaker. He officially announced his run Monday. To find out what it could mean for California, especially the Central Valley, and the Republican-controlled Congress we're joined by two guests:

Daniel Newhauser, National Journal

Joe Moore, Valley Public Radio