House Speaker Kevin McCarthy took a victory lap immediately after the House passed the debt limit deal with a big bipartisan showing.
"I have been thinking about this day since before my vote for speaker because I knew the debt ceiling was coming. I wanted to make history,” a beaming McCarthy said.
The speaker thanked his negotiating team, Reps. Garret Graves and Patrick McHenry, saying: "They've given their time and talents in this effort for more than a month.”
When pressed on his relationship with President Joe Biden after this process, he lamented that “he hasn’t invited me to dinner or lunch yet, so.”
McHenry said it was an honor to be part of the team. Graves said many believed this would be a dysfunctional Congress, but instead the speaker was making this a “transformational Congress.”