Washington — Republican House Kevin McCarthy becomes a member of the House at 8:38 pm, even if it didn’t expect to upset the Democratic Party’s $ 2 trillion bill to strengthen its social safety net. Decided to make. Fight climate change.
After eight hours and 32 minutes, he stopped talking and several moody Republicans remained to praise his performance. The stunt did nothing to break the Democratic party’s determination to pass the bill, but it is the longest in modern history, beyond what Chairman Nancy Pelosi set in 2018 when he was in Mr. McCarthy’s current position. Set a record of ongoing House speeches. Of the minority leader. For McCarthy, he could step up his campaign to take over Pelosi’s job and become the next chair if the Republicans take control in next year’s midterm elections.
“Personally, I didn’t think I could go this long,” McCarthy said, exhausted, winding, and sometimes toward the end of a meaningless monologue. Finally, after 5 am he finished. “So Madame Speaker, I give in,” he said.
Mr. Pelosi had left many hours ago.
McCarthy, a top Republican in the House of Representatives, has stopped a vote scheduled for Thursday because he opposed President Biden and his agenda. But the Californians had another goal. Their leader, Donald J. Trump, has repeatedly said that other Republican leaders are not fighting the Democratic Party well enough to secure the respect and perhaps support of his party’s restless conservatives. .. Hours after finishing his speech, Republicans struck him with a fist and struck his back when he arrived on the house floor for a vote.
“You enliven people, right? You draw people’s attention and show them that we are determined to fight,” said a Texas Republican lawmaker known for forcing delays in the process. Chiproy said. “Look, I want the leader to fight. That’s good. Go fight. Let’s fight more. Throw everything we have with this nonsense.”
The Democratic Party said what he had accomplished was to ensure that one of the most important domestic policy bills in half a century, the passage of the House of Representatives, would occur in the daytime.
“I thought Massachusetts was tackling the problems it had in its caucuses,” said Richard E. Neil, chairman of the Ways and Means Commission in Massachusetts. He argued that the “widespread and successful implications” of legislation would far outweigh the speech.
The debate over the bill was taken over by Mr. McCarthy, who is not known for his soaring speech, stuffing the arguments against the Republican bill and before giving a roundabout, rambling speech interrupted by a riff on history. It was supposed to last for a minute. He is President Ronald Reagan’s missile defense initiative, his personal friendship with Tesla founder Elon Musk, and at some point George Washington’s famous painting across the Delaware River on his way to the Battle of Trenton. I skimmed a long controversy about.
China has appeared over and over again. Responsibility for the coronavirus, hypersonic missiles, and mockups of American battleships. As an aside, he suggested that even Chinese would not strengthen the Internal Revenue Service and force Democrats to pay taxes in the manner stipulated in the bill.
Long after the clock ticked midnight, McCarthy sometimes seemed to have lost threads, spewing out what sounded like a Republican Madlib attack.
“Inflation is high at 31% and Thanksgiving is a border that breaks all records for the last three years in a few months,” he exclaimed at one point.
The whole speech felt like a circular loop and touched on the same issue over and over again. When Mr. Pelosi gave up voting and dismissed a Democrat after midnight, he said the enemy could leave, but he didn’t.
“I know some of you are angry with me, I think I’ve talked too long,” he said. “But I had enough. America has enough.”
A tough Republican from North Carolina, Congressman Madison Corthorn sits behind him with a chewing tobacco. Spit into the cup.. McCarthy, on his side, supported himself with peppermint candy and was not wrapped one by one by his aides.
In the end, the fact that he might need to secure a speakership didn’t even beat all the Republicans on his right wing.on Steve Bannon’s radio show, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Florida Republicans have accused Republican leaders and party moderates of passing a social policy bill. Because they helped pass the relevant infrastructure bill earlier this month.
“I’ve heard Prime Minister McCarthy talk for a long time, and it was like a really long death rattle,” Gates said. “The results were already determined as a result of poor leadership and poor strategy.”
There is no equivalent of Senate filibuster in the House of Representatives, but McCarthy used the so-called “Magic Minutes.” This is a house habit where leaders can speak as much as they want when recognized in one minute of floor time. Pelosi used this tactic when he was a minority leader in 2018 to talk a little over eight hours about an undocumented young immigrant known as Dreamers.
Mr. Pelosi’s speech was thought to have set the record for the longest series of speeches in the room, dating back to at least 1909 at the time.
“It’s a spectacular proportion feat to speak for four hours in a row and not produce memorable phrases, unique insights, or even jokes,” said Jamie Raskin, a Democratic Party member of Maryland. I wrote on Twitter.. “McCarthy thinks he’s witty, but so far he’s proved to be only half right.”
Republican leaders “listened to his base,” said Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a member of the New York Democratic Party, who attempted to intervene twice during Mr McCarthy’s speech.
“I think he wanted to say he did it longer than Nancy Pelosi,” Ocasio Cortez said Friday. “But if he wanted to outperform her, he should have done it with a sword.”
Emily Cochrane Contribution report.