By Molly K. Hooper - 06/26/09 06:28 PM EDT
The House minority leader is going through the bill page-by-page in a speech on the House floor to protest changes made to the measure at just after three a.m. on Friday.
"He's going to go until he's done," according to a GOP leadership aide.
BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE's speech could delay the vote for hours, if not extend it until Saturday or beyond.
The bill's sponsor, Energy and Commerce Committeee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), objected to Boehner's tactics but the presiding officer, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), said it is the custom of the House to allow the final speaker to continue talking as long as he or she wants.
Waxman acknowledged the existence of the "magic minute" but asked, "Are we going to break historical records?"
This new development comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent the day furiously whipping her colleagues to round up the votes she needs to pass her signature cap-and-trade measure.
Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.), who missed every vote this week, are in the House chamber. Rep. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeDem senators call for sanctions on Congo McCain urges sports leagues to return 'paid patriotism' money Overnight Tech: House GOP launches probe into phone, internet subsidies MORE (R-Ariz.) is expected to miss the vote if it occurs on Friday.