House Democrats are likely to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion social safety net expansion legislation Friday morning. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, who delivered a marathon floor speech, stalled an effort to vote Thursday evening. Despite the delay, Democrats appeared confident that they have enough support to send the measure to the Senate. However, they are likely to face stiff resistance in the Senate. According to reports moderate Senate Democrats are likely to demand changes in the bill. It effectively means the House will have to go for voting again in the coming weeks.
McCarthy, who spoke Thursday, did not finish speaking until eight hours and 32 minutes later. It was the longest House floor speech in the history of the chamber. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer later announced that the vote, which was expected to be held Thursday evening, would be postponed to Friday. The House is scheduled to return at 8 a.m. ET, and vote soon after. The economic legislation is one of the key agenda by Biden, looking to expand social services for Americans. Through the Build Back Better Act, Democrats seek a major expansion of the social safety net. Earlier this month Congress passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act. It was the country’s biggest public-works package since Dwight Eisenhower created the interstate highway system in 1956. “Unemployment claims are down nearly 70 percent since I took office. Retail sales are up,” Biden said in a statement. However, the annual inflation jumped to 6.2 percent last month, offering Republicans yet another opportunity to attack the economic policies of Biden. Biden visited Detroit Wednesday to promote the recently enacted infrastructure law. He also made the case for a social safety net and climate package. Biden is of the view that the $555 billion infrastructure law and the Build Back Better plan are needed to compete with other countries, particularly China.