Late Thursday night into early Friday morning, House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) spoke for over eight hours in opposition to the Build Back Better Act, a socially oriented spending plan that includes provisions to improve health care access, fight climate change, and more. If enacted in the form that was (after McCarthy’s delay) eventually passed by the House, the legislation would cap the price of insulin at $35 a month, expand Medicare to cover hearing-related expenses, and more. In the meantime, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) publicly shredded McCarthy’s rambling speech, comparing it to remarks from the “worst orator in the world.”
As Schiff sharply put it:
‘If you took the worst orator in the world, Gave him the worst speech in the world, And made him read it for the longest time in the world, That would be a lot like listening to Kevin McCarthy tonight. Except, probably better.’
If you took the worst orator in the world
Gave him the worst speech in the world
And made him read it for the longest time in the world
That would be a lot like listening to Kevin McCarthy tonight.
Except, probably better.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 19, 2021
McCarthy’s speech was all over the place. He talked about his childhood experience of falling in line with the Republican Party, a story about a Chinese general supposedly saying that the U.S. relied too much on the painkilling drug fentanyl, and the fact that former President Donald Trump hasn’t won a Nobel Peace Prize — among many, many other topics. The prominent Republican orchestrated his remarks to go longer than a speech given by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who’d set the record for the longest continuous House speech in modern history. Pelosi’s record-breaking speech had been in support of “Dreamers,” meaning undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. McCarthy’s speech, in contrast, was meant to stall the passage of a bill containing tangible assistance for struggling Americans. There’s a big difference.
As explained by USA Today, the Build Back Better legislation also features provisions including “Universal preschool to cover more than 6 million three- and four-year olds,” “An extension of the child tax credit through 2022 at $300 a month for each child under the age of 6 and $250 a month for each child ages 6-17,” the “Creation of a Civilian Climate Corps to fight the effects of a warming planet,” and much more. Now, the Senate must come to an agreement on the bill, with so-called moderates including Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) among those who need convincing.