Kevin McCarthy drops the gloves on Build Back Better and kicks off 2022 midterm fight

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday night to tear into the tax and spend “Build Back Better” bonanza that was to be up for a vote. 

The generally mild-mannered and California cool McCarthy had his Irish up, saying “If I sound angry, I am. My constituents are angry. It’s clear to us that this bill is wrong on the merits. And they have responded with a single word: enough!”


He spoke for eight hours, well into Friday morning, delaying passage of the massive measure. It may have been a symbolic stalling tactic, but it also sent a message to voters and to his own caucus: it’s time to fight.

U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) walks to his office following speaking for more than eight hours on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Al Drago (REUTERS/Al Drago)

Fieryness doesn’t seem to come naturally to the would-be speaker of the next Congress, but it is welcome and part of a broader pattern. Just Wednesday

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