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View of McCarthy's speech in the Capitol. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

House Democrats scrapped their plans to hold a vote on a mammoth social spending bill Thursday night after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) broke their patience with a record-long floor speech.

The big picture: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced shortly after midnight Friday that Democrats would go into recess and return at 8 a.m. to pass the bill, which is opposed by all Republicans. McCarthy finished speaking at 5:10 a.m. ET — marking the longest continued speech since at least 1909.

  • His speech, which began at 8:38 p.m., exceeded the previous 21st century record set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in 2018 of eight hours and seven minutes.
  • “This one minute feels almost like eight hours now. I want to thank my colleagues for standing with me,” he said of his fellow Republican members who stayed throughout, many nodding off during his speech.

The other side: A senior Democratic aide told Axios, "McCarthy is welcome to continue his raving as late into the night as he wants. The House will return and vote first thing Friday morning."

  • The aide added, "We thank the minority leader for helping us maximize the coverage of our efforts."

What they're saying: "Kevin is … trying to show his conference that he's a tough guy," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who was present for much of the speech.

  • Jackson Lee, who is a chief deputy whip for the House Democrats, said McCarthy's speech has done little to shake support for the bill: "I have not heard anyone changing ... their commitment to vote 'yes' on this legislation."
  • Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), exiting the Capitol well after midnight, said he had no insight into McCarthy's motives. "I haven’t been able to ask him — I don’t know. Postpone [the bill], I guess."
  • "What are we doing? Childcare. What are they doing? Tantrums," said Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-N.M.).

The big picture: Frequent disruptions by Democrats and angry replies from McCarthy throughout the speech showcased the bitter divide between the two parties in Congress.

  • After relentless heckling from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), McCarthy suggested the Ohio congressman might lose his committee assignments, saying: "I know Speaker Pelosi likes to remove people from committee when they don't meet a higher standard."
  • The comment was a reference to the House voting a day earlier to strip Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) of his assignments for posting a video depicting violence against President Joe Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
  • Ocasio-Cortez responded to McCarthy's remark by shouting back that Gosar was "inciting violence," before leaving the chamber.
  • Ryan said at another point in the speech to McCarthy: "Keep going, no one's listening anyway."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on McCarthy's speech length and to include details of Pelosi's 2018 speech.

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Top House Democrats weigh action against GOP Rep. Boebert

Rep. Lauren Boebert. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday said House leadership is considering whether to take action against Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for her "harmful and dangerous" comments implying Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is a terrorist threat.

Why it matters: House Democrats have increasingly taken it upon themselves to dole out discipline to GOP members for inflammatory rhetoric this year, which Republicans warn will fundamentally alter how Congress conducts its internal affairs.

Omar releases profanity-laced voicemail

Rep. Ilhan Omar is seen playing a threatening voicemail on Tuesday night. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The political back-and-forth between Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) took a jarring turn Tuesday night, when Omar played a tape of a death threat she said she received after Boebert made anti-Muslim comments about her.

Driving the news: Omar alternately quavered and wore a stern expression as she stood in a House television gallery, held a phone and played a voicemail in which an unnamed caller called her a "Sand [n-word] bitch" and a "f-cking traitor."

Commerce Secretary presses for chips funding

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will call on House lawmakers to pass a bill boosting funding for semiconductor manufacturing during a speech in Detroit on Monday.

Why it matters: A global chip shortage is slowing production of everything from appliances to vehicles. The Senate in June passed a bill that includes $52 billion for domestic semiconductor manufacturing, but the House has yet to act.