Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today in remembrance of President Abraham Lincoln’s death 150 years ago today.
McCarthy’s full remarks are below, or watch them online here.
“Mr. Speaker, at 7:22 this morning, one hundred and fifty years ago, we lost one of the greatest leaders of our nation, President Abraham Lincoln.
“Lincoln understood America’s exceptionalism. We know this for many reason, but one great reason was his words at Gettysburg. He told the crowd that, ‘Our fathers [had] brought forth on this continent a new nation, [one] conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.’
“It was his vision that this nation would have a ‘new birth of freedom.’ And for that beautiful vision, many have fought and died.
“President Lincoln understood the cost of freedom. He was a member of this, the people’s House, for one term, before he rose to become, what I believe, one of our greatest statesmen. He struggled and never gave up to pass the 13th Amendment so that no one here would ever again have to endure the sin of slavery. And he died for the dream that ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ would finally become more than just words. That it would be a promise kept to all.
“So as we remember Lincoln as one of the greatest American leaders and the truest embodiment of American principles, our country still feels the mark of his great presence today. And I thought it was important that we memorize it—that it was here.
“I yield back.”