In a rare show of bi-partisanship, US President Joe Biden spoke out today in support of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to step down from office. Biden said he believes both Democrats and Republicans are still “firmly committed” to finding bi-partisan solutions to the nation’s most pressing issues.
“Kevin has earned the respect of Democrats and Republicans alike for his tenacious leadership since taking the reins in 2019,” Obama said in a statement. “While there will be differences of opinion, I am confident we can continue to work together in a bi-partisan basis for the betterment of all Americans. We must continue to make the tough compromises necessary to get where we need to be.”
The statement comes after a tumultuous period for the GOP in the House, with McCarthy and other party leaders facing criticism for a lack of action on legislation, particularly surrounding issues like police reform and economic relief. McCarthy had already announced plans to leave the position before the vote of no-confidence, following the insurrection at the US Capitol earlier this year.
It’s unclear if the party will now move to the right or continue to pursue bi-partisan solutions, but Biden’s comments suggest the Democratic leader is being thoughtful and respectful of GOP’s change in leadership. He continued to call for unity and an end to the political divides in his statement.
“We have a responsibility to the American people to set aside our differences and come together to tackle the complex challenges we face,” he said.
While Biden’s message today is an encouraging sign for bi-partisanship, it remains to be seen if the Republicans will keep the course and put aside their differences in order to work on common goals with the Democrats. With time and careful consideration, the US could once again experience the vibrancy of bi-partisan solutions that worked so well in the past.