Top US Republican delays vote on Biden agenda with rambling hours-long rant

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Washington (AFP) – The leader of the minority Republicans in the US House frustrated Democratic efforts to pass President Joe Biden’s historic package of social welfare reforms Friday with an hours-long, disjointed tirade that drew mockery and angry boos from the opposite benches. Kevin McCarthy was supposed to talk for one minute ahead of a Thursday evening vote in the lower chamber of Congress to advance the $1.8 trillion Build Back Better Act as he took the floor just after 8.30 pm (0130 GMT). But he was still going strong at 1.30 am after a rant tackling everything from Biden’s spending to…

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