Nancy Patricia Pelosi
Nancy Patricia Pelosi (/plosi/; née D’Alesandro; born March 26, 1940) is an American politician who has been the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since 2019, and previously from 2007 to 2011. She has been a U.S. representative representing California since 1987. Pelosi, a Democrat, is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker of the House. After Vice President Kamala Harris, she is the second in line for the presidency.
Democratic Party‘s Condemnation
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led the Democratic Party’s denunciation of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whose figurative speech prevented a vote on the Build Back Better measure from taking place.
McCarthy used what is known as the “magic minute” ahead of Thursday’s vote on the social spending and climate plan, whose $1.75 trillion price tag is one of the items Republicans are objecting. In place of a filibuster in the lower house, it gives the Speaker, House minority and majority leaders, and members of the unlimited public time to speak on the chamber floor. The time allotted to the other delegates is limited.
McCarthy, commanding proceedings at 8.38 p.m., spoke for four hours before House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said. Would postpone the vote until Friday. However, not before the country heard what Democrats ridiculed as a stream of consciousness, which included references to Tesla creator Elon Musk, Taiwan, and concerns about why ex-President Donald Trump hadn’t received a Nobel Prize. Pelosi called McCarthy’s speech a “temper tantrum” and accused him of avoiding discussing the measure, which she said would lower the budget and inflation.
“But he did make irrational statements about what the American people ‘don’t want and need,'” she added in a statement that included a fact check to disprove McCarthy’s critique of reduced health-care costs, lower medication prices, and paid family leave.
“House Democrats are ready to enact significant legislation to reduce expenses, fight inflation, and demand large businesses and the wealthy pay their fair share,” added Pelosi, who is no stranger to extended speeches. She used the same “magic minute rule” in 2018 to talk for more than eight hours, demanding a vote on immigration reform.
Tweets from Members of Congress
“McCarthy is welcome to continue making mistakes on the House floor,” Pelosi continued. Another statement from Pelosi’s office, headed “Is Kevin McCarthy OK?” portrayed him as “lost the plot” and included a series of tweets criticizing the House minority leader by journalists. While the speech was still going on in the early hours of Friday morning, tweets from other Democratic senators expressed their frustration.
“We’re hearing whispers that the first row of GOP prisoners behind Kevin McCarthy is asking if may just censure them instead,” Rep. Jamie Raskin tweeted (D-MD). Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) issued the following statement: “A magical minute? Is it a magic hour? A lifetime of magic!” “If McCarthy’s “one-minute” speech is magic, please saw me in half and put me out of my suffering,” he continued. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) tweeted, “I suspect @GOPLeader lied more times in this speech than the #buildbackbetter act would cost.”
“I wish Kevin McCarthy liked delivering for working people as much as he enjoys the sound of his voice,” Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA) tweeted. Democratic leaders had hoped to enact the social spending package two weeks ago. Still, it was stalled by centrists who demanded a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) examination of its impact. Only one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), has declared his opposition to the social spending bill.