Hoyer Calls McCarthy a ‘Coward’ on House Floor

Posted February 26, 2015 at 7:03pm

A colloquy between House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer got heated Thursday night, after Hoyer pushed McCarthy over House Republicans’ plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security with a three-week continuing resolution.

“Mr. Leader, we have been now, you’re correct, six weeks leaving the Department of Homeland Security twisting in the wind. We’ve done that, as the gentleman knows …” Hoyer said, before being cut off by McCarthy.

“Mr. Speaker, reclaiming my time, I’ve been very clear about the schedule tomorrow: We will end our work by tomorrow evening. This House has taken action to make sure the DHS is fully funded, we did our part,” McCarthy said.

Hoyer quickly shot back “you coward,” before presiding officer Rep. Mike Simpson could advance the House to its next vote. CNN’s Deirdre Walsh later reported Hoyer apologized to McCarthy for the comment.