McCarthy delays vote on Biden’s Build Back Better Act during marathon speech

McCarthy delays vote on Biden’s Build Back Better Act during marathon speech
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, has commandeered the House floor for more than five hours – well into Friday morning – prompting Democrats to postpone the vote on President Biden’s spending bill until at least later Friday morning.

As of 4 a.m., McCarthy seemed no worse for the wear and continued to rattle off stories about the time he won $ 5,000 in lotto as a younger man and the problems that the country faces, including inflation, migration at the southern border, and the lack of bipartisanship at the Capitol.

At one point the minority leader asked how President Biden can be trusted with $ 5 trillion after the debacle in Afghanistan.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democrat majority leader, issued a statement early Friday that said members were “advised that there are no further votes in the House tonight.” The House will reconvene at 8 a.m. ET and will likely vote on the bill.

Most Democrats abandoned the chamber after midnight with McCarthy still talking, the Associated Press reported.

House approval was still expected on a near party-line vote. That would send the measure to a Senate where cost-cutting demands by moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and that chamber’s strict rules seemed certain to force significant changes. That will prompt fresh disputes between party centrists and moderates that will likely take weeks to resolve. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY

In other developments:
– AOC allegedly interrupts McCarthy to say she voted for Biden to be a new FDR
– CBO: Biden spending bill will add $ 367B to deficit, not counting IRS tax enforcement plan
– Biden touted CBO as ‘gold standard‘ – now his White House is trying to undermine it
– Biden’s socialist Build Back Better overhaul is proof he’s ‘used to signing back of check, not front’: Meadows

India’s Modi repeals controversial farm laws that sparked deadly protests
After a year of fierce protests, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday the country was repealing three farm laws that had sparked a backlash among farmers, according to reports. 

“Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws,” the prime minister said in an address, according to Reuters. 

He said the laws had been put in place to “empower small farmers.”

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