After GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy delayed the final vote on the Rebuild Better bill with an eight-and-a-half-hour speech, House Democrats gave McCarthy what he wanted and deny him his true victory.
Instead of voting on the $1.75 trillion bill late into the night and making McCarthy the center of every final story, Democrats take a break until Friday morning, planning to return and later passed the bill.
Curiously, McCarthy stopped speaking shortly after surpassing the eight-hour-seven-minute record set by Nancy Pelosi in 2018 — a result at eight hours and 32 minutes.
Starting at 8:38 p.m., McCarthy made the most of “Magic Minutes” — in which leaders on both sides were allowed to speak for as long as they wanted, just one minute from the allotted time. complement the argument — and assign a defender of half-truths, outright lies, loose arguments, irrelevant tangents, and recycled rhetoric.
In doing so, McCarthy raised the temperature in an already smoky chamber of the House, with Democrats repeatedly intervening and stabbing California Republicans to death, and McCarthy appeared to prolong his speech. his expression much longer as a punishment.
When McCarthy began his speech on the floor on Thursday, the voices of Democrats began almost immediately. McCarthy told members he had “all night,” to which Democrats responded, “Me too!”
And both sides actually did.
When McCarthy baselessly announced the bill would be worth $5 trillion, Democrats began to scream in increasing numbers. “6 trillion dollars!” one shouted, before another led him with “7 trillion dollars!” — with many Democrats joining in with even stranger predictions.
When McCarthy said, “If I sound angry, I’m angry,” the Democrats said with a lingering “awww” sound, like they were watching a child do something easy love.
When he suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted to remove members from committee duties due to poor behavior – a dig about rowdy Democrats – Representative. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) screams that the recent vote to remove Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) from the committees was about “inciting violence.”
She stormed out of the basement shortly after.
And when McCarthy finally finished, the Democrats, who had been silent and finally left as the hour-long speech ended at 5:10 a.m.
After eight and a half hours — and a speech on topics like inflation, Elon Musk, McDonald’s dollar menu, Taiwan, baby carrots, the Soviet Union, Virginia gubernatorial election, lottery wins, Afghanistan, San Francisco, proxy voting, Hitler, Abraham Lincoln, mask rules, McCarthy’s first speech in Congress, and occasionally, the actual bill — House of Representatives withdraws and says lawmakers Will be back at 8am on Friday.
McCarthy seems to want to do his story, rather than a bill that includes $550 billion for climate change, $400 billion for childcare and general early childhood education, $150 billion for Medicaid’s affordable housing and home care program, the expansion of the child tax credit, and the expansion of Medicare terms and benefits, among other priorities.
In the end, he tried to make the night about him, but the Democrats stopped him from stealing their final headlines.
Now that they’re back on Friday morning, there’s about 10 minutes left to debate the Rebuild Better bill and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Miracle Minute” is still coming and will likely pass legislation under party line — with some Democrats expected to join all opposition Republicans.
However, that victory will also be fleeting. The social spending bill has yet to pass the Senate, and while virtually all of the Democrats in that house support the bill, two key senators have yet to sign it: Joe Manchin (D-WV) ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
That vote will become the real test of Democrats, and it will depend on President Joe Biden’s ability to win Manchin and Sinema to support a key agenda item. your.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/democrats-push-key-build-back-better-vote-after-kevin-mccarthys-eight-hour-magic-minute?source=articles&via=rss Democrats Push to Rebuild Better Vote After Kevin McCarthy’s 8-Hour ‘Magic Minute’