December 7, 2021

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Live updates: Spending bill House vote – CNN

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Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tells CNN the House will come back at 8 a.m. ET on Friday.

Democrats had been hoping to pass the legislation Thursday evening, but House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy has so far brought action to a halt for more than three hours by delivering a lengthy speech railing against Democrats on the House floor.

“He wants to do it in the dead of night. We are going to do it in the day,” Hoyer told CNN referring to when McCarthy wants the bill to be passed.

Hoyer also told CNN that he only knows of one Democratic defection, Jared Golden of Maine. Hoyer says they have the votes to pass the legislation.

The sweeping $1.9 trillion economic legislation stands as a key pillar of Biden’s domestic agenda. It would deliver on long-standing Democratic priorities by dramatically expanding social services for Americans, working to mitigate the climate crisis, increasing access to health care and delivering aid to families and children.

Once the legislation passes the House, it will face key hurdles in the Senate, with a fight looming over a controversial tax provision and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia still not on board.

CNN’s Clare Foran and Morgan Rimmer contributed reporting to this post. 

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