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US Republican leader tries to block Biden’s bill with record-breaking speech

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US Republican leader tries to block Biden’s bill with record-breaking speechThe Republican leader in the US House of Representatives delivered a record-breaking eight-hour speech in order to hold up President Joe Biden's new domestic policy bill.
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President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure bill after Congress passed the $1.2 trillion package following months of negotiations. Thirteen Republicans crossed party lines to vote with the majority of Democrats.

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