McCarthy delays swift approval of social spending package with lengthy House speech

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy The Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Increases House Votes To Censor Gosar From Committees Ocasio-Cortez Criticizes Gosar, McCarthy For Anime Video Showing His Murder MORE (R-Calif.) He delayed the Democrats’ swift passage of the social spending and climate change package Thursday night by speaking for more than two hours in an obstructionist-style speech.

Three members of the House are allowed to speak for an unlimited time during the floor debate in what is known as a “magic minute”: the president, the majority leader, and the minority leader.

McCarthy used one of the few tools available to the House minority to delay proceedings by beginning his speech at 8:38 p.m. and continuing for more than two hours.

Democrats repeatedly interrupted McCarthy’s speech with boos and shouts of “vote!”

“Okay. I’ll be here a long time,” McCarthy taunted Democrats. “I think I’m annoying other people across the hall by telling them what’s on the bill. They just yelled at me to leave.”

McCarthy’s speech included mainly the main Republican arguments against the legislation; He criticized it as “reckless” spending that would not address the costs of inflation in the minds of Americans.

But McCarthy also veered toward issues like immigration at the southern border and Wednesday’s vote on a resolution introduced by Democrats to censure the representative. Paul gosarPaul Anthony Gosar Gosar’s Brother Praises Ocasio-Cortez, Calls Brother ‘Dangerous’ Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Grows Hillicon Valley – Presented By Ericsson – Iran-Linked Hackers Targeting Critical Sectors MORE (R-Ariz.) And removing him from House committees for posting an anime video on social media that showed him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gosar’s Brother Praises Ocasio-Cortez, Calls Brother ‘Dangerous’ The Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Grows Hillicon Valley – Presented By Ericsson – Iran-Linked Hackers Targeting Critical Sectors MORE (DN.Y.).

“I know your side has no problem getting people off the committees. I wonder if people keep talking, they should be removed from the room, “McCarthy said after Democrats cut him off again.

The current record for the longest speech in the House was set by the President Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi Senate Advances Defense Bill After On The Money Delay: Biden Alerts Oil Industry (D-Calif.) In 2018, when she spoke for more than eight straight hours in four-inch stilettos to demand that Republican leaders in the House of Representatives commit to voting on an immigration reform bill.

Caleb Smith, McCarthy’s director of digital communications, said McCarthy’s longest speech in the House before Thursday was 20 minutes and 17 seconds.

Democrats did not limit their expression of their impatience with McCarthy’s delaying tactic within the House chamber, and also expressed their frustrations on Twitter.

“If McCarthy’s ‘one minute’ speech is magical, please look me in the middle and get me out of my misery,” said Rep. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinBiden, Senior Officials Unfolded to Promote Infrastructure Package Jailed American Journalist Released from Myanmar Arrives in New York American Journalist Released in Myanmar MORE (D-Mich.) Tweeted.

“Andy, we need you to vote first,” said Rep. Mondaire jonesMondaire Jones House Democrats Ignore Manchin Buffalo Race Becomes Early Test for Divided Democratic Party Energy and Environment Overnight – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats Prepare to Roast Oil Executives MORE (DN.Y.) replied.

“Mondaire: If they cut me in half, maybe I get two votes!” Levin joked.

Approval of the social spending package has been delayed for months due to divisions among Democrats over the process and the size of the expanding bill, which currently includes funding for universal preschool, allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of certain prescription drugs and four paid family weeks. let.

Democrats rushed to accept the bill on Thursday, the last day of the scheduled session before the House Thanksgiving recess, as soon as the Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate.

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