The vote on U.S. President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending bill has been delayed until Friday in the House of
Representatives, after Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy gave an hours-long, circuitous speech.

The vote was originally scheduled for Thursday evening after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan arbiter, released a cost assessment of the bill, which several moderate Democrats said they needed before they would vote.

But the vote was delayed until 8 a.m.on Friday after McCarthy spoke – and often seemed to stray – from a thick binder of
prepared remarks for more than four hours, at times shouting over Democrats in the House who were openly dismissive of his

In the end, McCarthy held the floor for more than 8 hours, breaking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s record for the longest speech in House history.

McCarthy broke Pelosi’s own speechmaking record just before 5 a.m. Friday. He ended around 5:10 a.m


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