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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Kevin McCarthy Speaks Over Eight Hours To Postpone House Vote

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California ended a marathon speech in opposition to Democratic Social Policy Bill early Friday morning with eight hours 32 minutes, surpassing MP Nancy Pelosi’s 2018 record for longest continuous speech House of Representatives. in modern history.

“Personally, I didn’t think I could last that long,” Mr. McCarthy said at the end of his monologue, which began after 8 pm. Finally, after 5 o’clock in the morning, he finished. “With that, Madam Speaker, I give up,” he said.

Mr. McCarthy, the top Republican, has spoken out against President Biden and his agenda in trying to delay Democrats’ passage of the $ 1.85 trillion social policy and climate change bill.

Discussion on the bill was scheduled for 20 minutes before Mr. McCarthy delivered a rambling speech filled with Republican theses against the law and interspersed with historic riffs.

“I know that some of you are mad at me, they think I have spoken for too long,” he said at one point. “But I’ve had enough. America has had enough. “

Shortly after midnight Friday, when Mr. McCarthy showed no sign of surrendering control of the House of Representatives’ floor, Democratic leaders sent MPs home with plans to return at 8 a.m. to end debate and vote on the sprawling package.

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While there is no equivalent of a Senate filibuster in the House of Representatives, Mr. McCarthy used the so-called magic minute rule, which allows the Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader to speak as much as they want. Ms Pelosi used this tactic when she was a minority leader in 2018 to talk for just over eight hours about young undocumented immigrants known as the Dreamers.

At the time, it was believed that Ms. Pelosi’s speech set the record for the longest continuous speech in a hall since at least 1909.

“It’s a feat on a grand scale – speaking for four hours in a row and not playing a single catchy phrase, original understanding or even a joke,” said Jamie Ruskin, spokesman for the Maryland Democratic Party. tweeted… “McCarthy thinks he’s a witty, but so far he’s proven he’s only half right.”

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