Vote on Social Policy Bill Delayed as McCarthy Keeps Talking

 Vote on Social Policy Bill Delayed as McCarthy Keeps Talking

WASHINGTON — House Democrats delayed plans to pass their $1.85 trillion social policy and climate change bill until Friday morning as the top Republican in the chamber held up the floor with a record-breaking speech railing against President Biden and his agenda.

Party leaders remained confident they had the votes to pass the legislation, after a final cost estimate appeared to assuage centrist holdouts, and as a weeklong Thanksgiving recess beckoned. But shortly after midnight Friday, with Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, showing no sign of yielding control of the House floor, Democratic leaders sent lawmakers home, with plans to return at 8 a.m. to finish debate and vote on the sprawling package.

“I don’t know if they think because they left, I’m going to stop,” Mr. McCarthy vowed, as the Republicans seated behind him applauded. “I’m not.”

Yielding the floor shortly after 5 a.m., he…

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