Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy met with House Caucus Chairman, Hakeem Jeffries Wednesday to discuss recent inflammatory remarks by Speaker Pelosi that deemed McCarthy a ‘moron’ following his statement in support of Republican Missouri and Ohio politicians amid their proposed bills to restrict voting rights. While the heated rhetoric between Pelosi and McCarthy filled the air, Jeffries hoped that the meeting between the two would foster a more respectful environment “using the language of decency and respect.”
After the meeting, McCarthy stated that he had expressed his disappointment with Pelosi’s statement to Jeffries and that, moving forward, “We [Republicans] may disagree, but let that rise out of each of our ideas and not out of our personal terms and personal attacks.” Furthermore, McCarthy appealed to the democratic caucus to utilize the “same norms that we had previously,” such as debate and discussion as opposed to conflict and verbal assaults.
Although Pelosi and McCarthy remain polarized on the issue of proposed voting restrictions, both parties recognize the importance of working together to address the ongoing happenings in our government. Speaker McCarthy’s initiative to put aside their differences and act in a civil manner is a critical step in the right direction. Moreover, by having a respectful environment playful nice between the two main parties, decision-making could become easier and more effective.