McCarthy Wins House Speakership, Gives First Speech

McCarthy Wins House Speakership, Gives First Speech

( – Many people expected Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to become the new Speaker of the House after the GOP retook control of the chamber after the 2022 midterm elections. Still, the California Republican and his supporters likely didn’t expect the challenges he would face to succeed Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Nevertheless, after several votes, McCarthy finally earned the Speaker’s gavel and will lead the next session of Congress.

On Saturday, January 7, the new Speaker opened the 118th Congress by giving remarks and holding a chamber-wide ceremony to swear in the new members. McCarthy emphasized that he would “never give up” on working for the American people. The Republican said the United States is “worth fighting for.” Throughout his speech, the Speaker shared his vision of bringing Congress together. He also offered thanks to his colleagues.

McCarthy said that as Speaker, his responsibility isn’t to his party, conference, or Congress itself. Instead, it remains with the scores of millions of citizens that make up the United States. The California Republican noted that the American people had voted for change in November. He embraced the GOP’s “Commitment to America” and how the party plans to stay true to its word.

McCarthy addressed House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), reminding him that the two won’t always see eye-to-eye on matters before the chamber. However, he added that their debates will be full of passion but will never become personal. The Republican also noted that what the House does within the next week, month, and year will “set the tone” for the future.

McCarthy’s path to speakership was anything but easy, and his nomination and confirmation came after 15 painstaking votes. Eventually, he won over some of the 20 Republicans who’d opposed him, giving him the necessary support to win the House election. McCarthy noted that as Speaker, he would focus on the country’s China policy, securing the southern border, and wiping out some of the country’s debt, which is currently over $31 trillion and rising.

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