House pushes for Build Back Better vote on Friday morning to match GOP chief McCarthy

House Democrats had hoped to pass a roughly $2 trillion domestic spending bill Build Back Better on Thursday night, and they seemed to have the votes to do so, but right away after midnight Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the House will be closed until Friday morning so Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) can speak his piece. At the time, McCarthy spoke for about four hours, in an almost indistinct fashion about the bill.

“I don’t know if they think since they’ve left, I’ll stop,” McCarthy replied on the floor. “I do not.”

McCarthy wants bill passed “at midnight”, Hoyer told reporters. “We’ll do it in broad daylight.” A senior aide to the Democratic Party told Axios that “McCarthy is welcome to continue to binge late into the night as he pleases.”

McCarthy’s “crooked speech” – includes lengthy references to the Hallmark Channel, his friendship with Elon Musk, and the COVID-19 booster shot he just received, among other topics – is “a temporary setback on a day when Democrats almost find reason to rejoice,” washington articles report. Key center-leaning Democrats said they were pleased with the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the bill that found it added $367 billion to the deficit over 10 years – but did not taking into account terms that the White House says will bring in at least $400 billion in revenue.

And instead of being annoyed with McCarthy’s original carer, the Democrats seemed happy with it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office released a blog post – “Is Kevin McCarthy OK?“- that highlighted reporters disparaging McCarthy” for losing the plot “in his” crooked words. Other Democrats pulled McCarthy off the floor, giving him pause or shouted back, and Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) flipped his Twitter over to 280 characters.

A handful of Republicans gathered around McCarthy and cheered on his speech, but others seemed confused about his strategy. “I couldn’t ask him” his motives, Representative Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) Speaking to reporters when exiting the Capitol after midnight. “I don’t know. Postponed I guess.”

Some reporters and congressional experts have suggested that McCarthy was mainly trying to rally behind closed doors to get them to elect him as speaker if Republicans take over the House in 2022.

And McCarthy, at one point, seemed to confirm that theory – in what The Daily BeastMatt Fuller’s called “the first memorable line Kevin McCarthy delivered in 4 hours 49 minutes.”

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