Pelosi Says She 'Didn't Even Pay Attention' to McCarthy's 8 Hour Speech


The vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act was delayed for several hours as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) delivered a speech that broke records for its length.

“I didn’t even pay attention to the speech,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters on Friday.

She added, “I don’t even listen to most of the speeches on the other side because they’re not fraught with meaning or fact. So I don’t have my computer get bothered with that.”

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On Thursday, McCarthy took to the House floor to deliver a speech that ran 8 hours and 32 minutes, which delayed the vote on Democrats’ spending package, as IJR reported.

A little over three hours into the speech, Pelosi’s office sent out a statement asking, “Is Kevin McCarthy OK?”

“We’re glad we’re not the only ones who can’t follow Minority Leader McCarthy’s meandering rant that has nothing to do with the Build Back Better Act,” the statement read. “Tonight, Kevin McCarthy previewed Republicans [sic] very best attacks against the deficit reducing, inflation crushing Build Back Better Act.”

Finally, the statement added, “As he hopefully approaches the end, we’re all left wondering: does Kevin McCarthy know where he is right now?”

Her office also included a series of tweets from reporters highlighting portions of the California Republican’s speech, which wandered into topics other than the spending bill.

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Before lawmakers voted on the package, Pelosi delivered remarks and took a shot at McCarthy over the length of his speech. She said, “As a courtesy to my colleagues, I will be brief.”

In 2018, Pelosi set the record for the longest speech when she delivered remarks that lasted 8 hours and 7 minutes.

On Friday, the House voted 220 to 213 to advance the massive spending package.

Every Republican and just one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine), voted against the bill.

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