Republican Kevin McCarthy’s marathon speech obstructed voting on Biden bill

Before U.S. President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy gave a record hours-long, circuitous speech on the House floor Thursday night, delaying the vote.

Minority Leader McCarthy spoke for a record-setting 8-1/2 hours starting late Thursday night in remarks cataloging a list of Republican grievances – some related to the bill and some not – while at times shouting over Democrats in the House who were openly dismissive.

The bill to bolster the social safety net and fight climate change will now be sent to the Senate where negotiations will continue.

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