McCarthy (R-CA) had other plans, unleashing a marathon blustering speech against President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation and broke the record for the chamber’s longest continuous speech in modern history.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and a bloc of moderate Democrats are demanding the social welfare spending bill receive an official cost estimate before it goes up for a vote —derailing House leadership push to quickly pass President Biden’s domestic bills by week’s end.
The House of Representatives voted to approve President Biden $1.9 Trillion COVID relief package in the early Saturday morning hours with the bill now heading to the Senate which includes the $15 an hour minimum wage hike provision, despite the Senate parliamentarian ruling that it cannot be included if Congress wants to use the budget reconciliation process to pass with 51 votes.
The House officially re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker in the 117th Congress, narrowly securing over the 214 votes she needed to win the Speaker’s gavel for the fourth and potentially last time.
Nearly all House Democrats are planning to vote for the articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday. Republicans, on the other hand, are not expecting any defections, setting up a party line vote carried by Democrats.