In ABC News' October 1 2023 Rep. Bowman says triggering fire alarm ahead of House spending bill vote was 'innocent mistake' there is an embedded short video of House vote-related background material. I can't find a separate copy of this video.
In the middle of this short video the reporter says:
Democrats successfully delaying the vote with a procedural motion before House Minority leader Hakim Jeffries delivered what's called a "magic minute" floor speech -- essentially untimed remarks.
JEFFRIES: "So strap in, because this may take a little while."
Though he ultimately spoke for less than an hour before debate continued and the house voted.
Question: What is the origin and purpose of the "magic minute" floor speech in the US House of Representatives, and why would Minority Leader Hakim Jeffries use one to delay the vote by an hour?
I don't think it was to prevent the ultimately successful vote that received so many Democratic votes. Was this really just a high-visibility time to make highly relevant comments and the 1 hour delay just a price to pay, or did the delay have some other desired effect?