House Democrats are planning to pass President Biden’s wipe out $1.9 trillion in legislation to expand social safety nets on Friday morning after House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy stalled his attempt to vote on Thursday night by introducing a record-breaking marathon speech overnight.
His delay is not expected to affect the final outcome of the vote, as Democrats are expected to be confident they have enough support to send the measure to the Senate, where significant barriers remain. Moderate Democrats in the Senate are expected to request the change to the bill, meaning the House will likely have to vote again in the coming weeks before it gets to Biden’s desk.
McCarthy took to the floor of the House at 8:38 p.m. ET on Thursday to begin his speech against the Democrats and did not finish his speech until 8:32 p.m. ET, a lengthy speech. best in the history of the room. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced shortly after midnight that the vote, scheduled for Thursday night, would be postponed until late Friday.
The House is expected to return at 8 a.m. ET and vote shortly thereafter.
“He wanted to do it late at night,” Hoyer said, referring to McCarthy. “We’ll do it within the day.”
The far-reaching economic law serves as a key pillar of Biden’s domestic agenda. It will fulfill longstanding Democratic priorities by significantly expanding social services for Americans, working to mitigate the climate crisis, increasing access to health care and providing health care. provide aid to families and children.
Some other background information: McCarthy could keep the floor indefinitely under House procedures, which say the majority leader and minority leader get a so-called “magic minute” at the end of a debate on the floor, meaning they You can say as long as you want. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used a similar tactic as a minority leader in 2018, speaking for more than eight hours on the floor of the House of Representatives during a speech about young immigrants who don’t. papers, then became the longest person in House history.
Once the legislation passes the House, it will face major roadblocks in the Senate, with a battle lurking over the controversial tax provision and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia Not on board yet.
As a result, Democrats are working hard to keep their fragile coalition of moderates and progressives united behind the pack. The act became the subject of fierce debate between warring factions in the House, and faultless Democrats in the Senate.
The law will likely have to be changed, potentially significantly, for every member of the Democratic caucus in the Senate to vote for it when key members raise major concerns about the content of the bill. draft.