McCarthy’s Farewell Speech Sparks Controversy

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Thursday, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reflected on his 17-year career in Congress during his farewell speech, highlighting the last nine months in which he served as the House Speaker and was later ousted from the position.

McCarthy during the speech chose to speak about his decision to pass a “clean” stopgap bill on the House floor in September, a decision which ultimately led to the motion to vacate against him, and led to the need for a new House Speaker to be elected. He stated that despite the outcome of this decision, he would not have changed how he did things.

McCarthy pointed out that if there was one thing he would advise is that people should not be scared of believing and backing their philosophy, as it can be freeing. He added that people should not be scared about the possibility of losing their jobs over their ideals. As he pointed out on the day when he had decided to keep the U.S. troops funded while there was war breaking out, he knew that he was making the right choice, even if it would trigger others to file a motion against him.

McCarthy stated that while he knew that there would be people who would disagree with his decision he would do everything the same way again. This is a message that he reiterated at the end of his speech when he argued that he would never allow the House of Representatives to stop doing what was right just because some people may have been afraid of losing their jobs. He pointed out that people needed to do it anyway because it was the correct thing to do and something that the United States needed.

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