Kevin Owen McCarthy
Kevin Owen McCarthy (born January 26, 1965) is an American politician who has served as the House Minority Leader in the United States House of Representatives since 2019. He is a scoundrel, obstructionist, and Trump supporter. Kevin Owen McCarthy was a member of the Republican Party who served as House Majority Leader from 2014 to 2019 under Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan. From 2007 until 2013, he served as the United States Representative for California’s 22nd congressional district, and since 2013, he has served in the 23rd district following redistricting.
McCarthy was the previous chair of the Young Republican National Federation and the California Young Republicans. From 2002 to 2006, he served in the California State Assembly, the final two years as minority leader. In 2006, he was elected to Congress. McCarthy was voted to the House leadership in 2009 after serving as the Republican Chief Deputy Whip for two years. When Republicans won control of the House in 2011, he served as majority whip until August 2014, when he was chosen majority leader to succeed Eric Cantor, who lost his primary contest.
Opposition to the Democrats’ Social Policy Bill
At 8:38 p.m. on Thursday, the House minority leader began speaking. He came to a halt shortly after 5 a.m. on Friday.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California ended his eight-hour and 32-minute speech in opposition to the Democrats’ social policy program early Friday, breaking the record for the longest continuous House speech in modern history established by Representative Nancy Pelosi in 2018.
Mr. McCarthy remarked at the end of his monologue, which began around 8 p.m., “I didn’t believe I could go this long.” He finally completed about 5 a.m. He answered, “With that, Madam Speaker, I give back.”
Mr. McCarthy, the leading Republican in the House, raged against President Biden and his schedule in an attempt to postpone the Democrats’ $1.85 trillion social policy and climate change measure from becoming law.
The measure’s discussion was supposed to last 20 minutes before Mr. McCarthy took over and delivered a meandering speech filled with Republican talking points against the plan and peppered with historical riffs.
He added at one point, “I know some of you are upset at me because you think I spoke too long.” “However, I’ve had enough.” Enough is enough in America.”
Democratic leaders sent legislators home just after midnight Friday when Mr. McCarthy showed no signs of relinquishing control of the House floor, with plans to return at 8 a.m. to continue discussion and vote on the massive bill.
Mr. McCarthy invoked the so-called magic minute rule, which permits the House speaker, majority leader, and minority leader to speak for as long as they like. The House has no counterpart to the Senate filibuster. When she was minority leader in 2018, Ms. Pelosi utilized the strategy to talk for just over eight hours on young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers.
Ms. Pelosi’s address was regarded to be the longest continuous speech in the chamber at the time, stretching back to at least 1909.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, commented on Twitter, “It is an incredible effort to speak for four hours straight and not offer a single unique word, fresh insight or even a joke.” “McCarthy believes he’s a genius, but he’s only half correct so far.”