Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy this week set the record for the longest speech made in the House of Representatives in modern history, at eight hours and 32 minutes.
The Republican’s marathon floor speech, which started Thursday night and ended before dawn the next day, eclipsed the previous mark set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Democrat spoke for eight hours and seven minutes on immigration policy in February 2018.
Here are five key quotes from McCarthy’s speech.
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McCarthy didn’t hold back on the House floor when taking aim at President Biden and the Democrats for their leftward-lurching policies.
During his speech, McCarthy torched Biden for ending Trump administration border policies, a decision that he said had incentivized more illegal immigrants to come across the border.
“Biden terminated every successful immigration policy put into place by President Trump, triggering the largest wave of illegal immigration in … history,” McCarthy said.
The U.S. has seen a surge in illegal immigration under the Biden administration.
“What do you think’s going to happen? That border when you hide a billion dollars in amnesty? What do you think’s going to happen when you reward people with $450,000?” McCarthy said in his speech, blasting Democrats over reports of payments to migrants separated at the border, as well as provisions in the bill granting amnesty to some illegal immigrants.
Democrats beefing up the IRS
McCarthy also took aim at Democrats for including a provision in Build Back Better legislation that would hire tens of thousands of Internal Revenue Service agents, asserting that “half” of those agents “are going after Americans who make $75,000 or less.”
“They’re going to have to give more because you’re hiring 87,000 IRS agents to come after them; 1.2 million more audits,” McCarthy said.
“That’s what you base this entire bill on. That’s what you waited for the CBO to tell you,” McCarthy added. The Biden administration lately has placed scrutiny on the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which reviews legislation and assigns them a budget score.
“How much money can we get from them? How is that possible? The payments for illegal immigrants?” McCarthy continued. “It’s just the latest data point in a much larger trend of failures.”
McCarthy later accused Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris of presiding over “the greatest series of border security blunders in American history.”
Calling out the Democrats’ zero-dollar price tag claim
Biden and the Democrats have been pushing the talking point that the Build Back Better agenda will cost “zero dollars.”