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House Postpones Vote on Social Spending Bill after McCarthy Delays with Hours-Long Speech

Ashley Jarrett

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., August 24, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) told reporters that the House would postpone a vote on Democrats’ social spending package after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) delayed proceedings by giving an hours-long speech into the early hours of Friday morning.

Democrats had hoped to pass President Biden’s “Build Back Better” package on Thursday night, but McCarthy spoke for more than three hours during debate, dashing Democrats’ hopes to hold a quick vote.

Hoyer told reporters from the Washington Post and CNN that the House would reconvene at 8 a.m. on Friday so the vote could be held “in the daylight.” 

“He wants to do it in the dead of night. We are going to do it in the day,” Hoyer told CNN.

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Formerly an online tech and science reporter at The Sun Online, Ashley stepped up to the mantle of technology reporter at the Daily Telegraph late last year. She writes about everything from drones, web security and cryptocurrency to social media apps, like Facebook and Spotify, and technology brands including Apple and Toshiba.

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