McCarthy to submit copy of Trump's SOTU address to House Clerk for archives

McCarthy to submit copy of Trump's SOTU address to House Clerk for archives
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyBass honored US Communist Party leader in unsurfaced remarks Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Overnight Health Care: Five takeaways from Fauci's testimony | CDC: Children might play 'important role' in spreading COVID-19 | GOP leader wants rapid testing at Capitol MORE (R-Calif.) announced on the House floor Wednesday that he was delivering a copy of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE's State of the Union speech to be archived by the House Clerk.

McCarthy's announcement comes in the wake of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (D-Calif.) tearing her copy of the speech at the end of the address on Tuesday evening.

The California Republican blasted Pelosi, arguing that ripping the speech was disrespectful to the people Trump honored during his remarks.

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"Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi was unmoved and chose to tear up the House’s copy of that speech," he said.  

"She had no right to destroy this document, especially one filled with such impactful stories of American patriots," he added. "That record was presented before the People’s House and it belongs to the American people." 

McCarthy said the copy he was submitting to the clerk that was given to him at the White House and signed by the president on Wednesday "will be remembered by history, not erased by the Speaker."

"In my hand, I have an official copy of the President’s State of the Union address, signed by President Trump," he said. "It will be delivered to the House Clerk’s office to be archived and preserved for posterity.

"Whether she likes it or not, these great American stories will be remembered by history, not erased by the Speaker," he continued. "We are better because of them, we should learn from them, and we should feel proud that they will shape our future." 

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House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerGOP expects Senate to be in session next week without coronavirus deal This week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Fauci gives his COVID-19 vaccine estimate MORE (D-Md.) defended Pelosi, arguing that her actions are protected under the First Amendment. 

"Mr. Speaker, obviously each of us had our own reaction to the speech that was given by the president last night. He had every right, under the First Amendment, to say what he believed, what he was going to do, what he wanted us to do," he said on the floor.  

"I suggest to you that, if I took this card and tore it up because I didn't like what was on the card, I am protected by the First Amendment in doing that," he continued. "That is a form of speech — if the effort is to shut one another up, perhaps we'll go down that road." 

The Maryland Democrat went on to slam Republicans' plan – led by Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerHelping our seniors before it's too late House approves .3 trillion spending package for 2021 GOP lawmakers comply with Pelosi's mask mandate for House floor MORE (R-Texas) – to introduce a resolution disapproving of Pelosi's actions, asserting that it would not be brought up for a vote. 

"An action that says I feel this way should be protected. Not necessarily agreed with, maybe even subject to criticism, but certainly not subject to a resolution," Hoyer said. "This resolution will not go forward, of course, as I will move to table it, if it's offered, because I believe it undermines the First Amendment and the House.