"They've got to stop playing these games they've got to stop passing legislation that will not have any effect. We know it won't get taken up in the Senate and help us secure this border so that we can get on with the work of the people here in the people's house."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader
"So Nancy Pelosi knew this bill would go nowhere. We knew from in that meeting that we could not come to any conclusion or get a compromise based upon that she had to have a speaker vote. So now we have waited, but government has had to be shut down for this. Now we'll meet today. I hope they're going to be serious in this meeting. Much different than they were in the last meeting."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Steve Scalise, House Minority Whip
"When we go down the White House today, I hope they'll actually listen to Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen and the things that are really going on at the border that are very alarming."
"You have seen over the last 24 hours very foul language. I think any comparisons to Hitler, to Naziism are absolutely outrageous. I think suggesting that you know we're we're doing anything here except trying to secure our border, trying to do our work keep people safe. You know Speaker Pelosi gave a speech as she took over yesterday making clear that she wants to herald in a new era into Washington. We'd like to hope that that new era includes getting substantive work done for the American people."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader
"I sat up on the dais, provided the gavel to the new speaker, talked about ways we could work together, laid out firm core principles that we would not compromise on. And then we see this language going forward? How do you work with anybody, if this is what they really have planned? That they go down into this place, they have a MoveOn, think others aren't watching it, using foul language. They introduce that they just want to impeach the president, over what basis? We have government shutdown right now. What are their priorities?"
Prior to a meeting on the government shutdown with President Donald Trump at the White House, Republican leaders in the House strongly criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's legislative strategy to reopen the government. They also blasted the profane call of a freshman House Democrat for the impeachment of President Trump.
"The bill that the new majority took up, they already knew in the meeting where you had the leader in the Senate said he would not take it up because it would not become law," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
"So, Nancy Pelosi knew this bill would go nowhere," he said.
In their first votes of the new Congress, House Democrats approved bills Thursday night to re-open government at previously agreed upon levels. Several Republicans crossed over to join them.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said even though the new Congress has said measures approved by the House are non-starters on his side of the Capitol without the president's support.
Friday's White House meeting with Trump includes eight leaders — the top two Democrats and Republicans of both chambers. A session earlier in the week produced finger pointing with no breakthroughs.
"When we go down the White House today, I hope they'll actually listen to Secretary of Homeland Security Neilsen and the things that are really going on at the border that are very alarming when you look at the numbers," said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
On Thursday, Newly elected Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said at an event hours after she was sworn in that lawmakers will work to impeach Trump, and used a vulgarity to describe him.
"You have seen over the last 24 hours very foul language. I think any comparisons to Hitler, to Naziism are absolutely outrageous, said House Republican Conference Chairman Lynn Cheney.
"Speaker Pelosi gave a speech as she took over yesterday making clear that she wants to herald in a new era into Washington. We'd like to hope that that new era includes getting substantive work done for the American people," she said.