Biden congratulates Kevin McCarthy on winning the House Speaker after a dramatic trial

President Joe Biden released a statement congratulating House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who was formally elected just after midnight Saturday morning. He was sworn in about an hour later.

“Jill and I congratulate Kevin McCarthy on his election as Speaker of the House. The American people expect their leaders to govern in a way that puts their needs first, and we must do that now,” Biden said.

McCarthy’s victory came after days of drawn-out deliberations in the House of Representatives that began Tuesday and culminated with a dramatic pair of votes overnight Friday into Saturday.

“As I said after the midterms, I am willing to work with Republicans if I can, and voters have made it clear that they expect Republicans to be willing to work with me, too.” Now that the leadership of the House of Representatives has been decided, it is about time that process began,” Biden added.

New Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy of California holds the gavel on the floor of the House of Representatives in the US Capitol early Saturday, January 7, 2023 in Washington.

New Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy of California holds the gavel on the floor of the House of Representatives in the US Capitol early Saturday, January 7, 2023 in Washington.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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After McCarthy won the speaker’s post, he briefly shared remarks that included his legislative priorities at the 118th session, including securing the southern border, cutting spending and creating a bipartisan committee on China.

Dean of the House of Representatives Hal Rogers, R-Ky., swears in Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as Speaker of the House early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at the US Capitol in Washington.

Dean of the House of Representatives Hal Rogers, R-Ky., swears in Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as Speaker of the House early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at the US Capitol in Washington.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, too, offered his priorities in his congratulatory remarks.

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The President said: “Today we learned that my plan to build an economy that works bottom-up and from the middle has reached the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. And that we made 2021 and 2022 the best years for job growth on record.”

“It is imperative that we continue this economic progress and not set it back. It’s imperative that we protect Social Security and Medicare, not cut them. It is imperative that we defend, not devalue, our national security. These are some of the decisions ahead of us,” he continued.

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Biden also said the country can do “profound things” if it does them “together.”

New House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California receives the gavel from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York early Saturday, January 7, 2023 on the House of Representatives floor at the US Capitol in Washington.

New House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California receives the gavel from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York early Saturday, January 7, 2023 on the House of Representatives floor at the US Capitol in Washington.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“This is a time to govern responsibly and ensure we put the interests of American families first,” the president concluded.

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McCarthy won the speakership in a 15th and final vote, receiving 216 of the 428 votes. Six members, all Republicans, voted present.

After McCarthy was sworn in, the House and all of its newly sworn members passed a resolution formally notifying the President of McCarthy’s victory and allowing communications from the White House.

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