Disgusted House DemocratsLive-tweeting was possible on Thursday by Kevin McCarthy (R.Calif.). unleashed an hours-long, filibuster-style diatribe on the House floor to delay passage of Democrats’ social spending and environment bill.
McCarthy started speaking at 8:38 p.m. and into Friday, calling the landmark $1.7 billion Build Back Better package ― which would, among other provisions, boost child care assistance, create universal pre-kindergarten, reduce seniors’ prescription drug costs and amp up efforts to curb climate change ― “the single most reckless and irresponsible spending bill in our nation’s history.”
He brought up topics such as China, Hitler and Thanksgiving. Kamala Harris’ laugh and Abraham Lincoln.
Democrats voted to vote against the package on Friday morning, shortly after midnight.
“This man clearly will not stop talking but has nothing to say,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in an Instagram livestreamJamie Raskin, D-Md. While watching the speech together with other Democrats.
McCarthy is “more upset about climate action and universal pre-K and Medicare covering hearing [aids]He is more concerned about himself than his guy. [Rep. Paul]Gosar creating an ominous cartoon of homicide that he uploaded to the internet. refused to take down,” Raskin commented. And Republicans are “really upset because we censured him for it yesterday.”
Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) said she had “delivered a baby in less time.”
“Now step aside and let us deliver real change, like paid leave and child care, to American families,” she tweeted.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) described it as a “temper tantrum” and issued a statementwith facts checks on some of his claims.
Here are some reactions from Democrats: