Nancy Pelosi Just Spent Hours Talking On The House Floor


According to the House Historian, she broke the 1909 record for the longest continuous speech.

President Donald Trump announced previous year that his administration would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, established in 2014 to protect 800,000 Dreamers from deportation. Republicans expressed delight that eyes were on the polarizing Pelosi, but her marathon speech served to energize activists while highlighting that House Republicans will not commit to a vote. All Pelosi was doing was signaling that those votes might not be available unless Ryan gives something in return - and that just as he is catering to those Republicans who are most strongly against immigration, she has similar constraints on her side of the aisle.

"This stunt ... had nothing to do with protecting vulnerable members who have to take a hard vote", said one moderate lawmaker who asked not to be named.

During her speech, Pelosi pleaded with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to pledge to bring a vote to the House floor on the fate of illegal immigrants qualifying under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill Thursday and send it to the House attached to a continuing resolution to fund the government into March.

While conceding "many Democratic priorities" were addressed but since the bill "does nothing to advance bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers" she and the Democrats would not support it and risk a shutdown - which she had claimed would not happen.

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The got a thank you from the National Republican Campaign Committee. The 77-year-old House Minority Leader took to the floor on Wednesday morning to speak in support of undocumented migrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.

By hour two, Pelosi staffers were scrambling to gather more Dreamer stories from members and immigrant rights organizations. "Eight hours on one issue and didn't get anything done", Conway added.

The federal government will shut down at midnight Thursday if Congress can not reach a deal on a budget by then. And though they've pilloried the House minority leader before, this time there's a precedent for the end result.

But cooler heads prevailed on the House floor.

In interviews will almost a dozen House Democrats, many who requested anonymity to speak candidly, several called the speech an attempt by Pelosi to shore up support with the progressive base angry by congressional inaction on Dreamers. When Democrats have been in the minority, she has kept her representatives in check, even as Ryan and his predecessors have had to pull bills from the House floor because they got the whip count wrong. The question now is, how many House Democrats are as serious as Nancy Pelosi is about supporting the Dreamers. The DACA program is set to expire next month.

'We want a DACA solution. The Californian concluded her speech at 6:11pm to applause and a standing ovation from the Democrats.

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