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Crunden writes: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has set a new record for the longest continuous speech since at least 1909 in the House of Representatives. She held the floor uninterrupted from 10 a.m. this morning until shortly after 6 p.m - more than eight hours."

Nancy Pelosi sets record for longest House speech in history. (photo: AP)
Nancy Pelosi sets record for longest House speech in history. (photo: AP)


Nancy Pelosi Held House Floor for a Record-Breaking Eight Hours in Attempt to Protect DREAMers

By E. A. Crunden, ThinkProgress

08 February 18


She held the floor for a record-breaking eight hours.

PDATE: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has set a new record for the longest continuous speech since at least 1909 in the House of Representatives. She held the floor uninterrupted from 10 a.m. this morning until shortly after 6 p.m — more than eight hours.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivered a multi-hour address to her congressional colleagues on Wednesday, in an effort to oppose a two-year bipartisan budget deal struck by Senate leaders hours earlier. The bill notably excluded any mention of or protections for hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Beginning at 10:04 a.m. Eastern Time, the senior Democratic House leader used a special privilege called the “magic minute,” which is afforded to party leaders in the House of Representatives and allows them to speak at length without having to filibuster. For more than eight hours, Pelosi stood and read the stories of various Dreamers and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“We want to be sure that the public record of the Congress of the United States forever more will reflect the stories of their great contribution to America in the hopes that those stories will move the Speaker of the House to give us a vote [on immigration],” Pelosi said.

Pelosi at one point shared the story of Jirayut New Latthivongskorn, an activist and physician-in-training who came to the United States from Thailand at the age of 9. His accomplishments in advocacy and the world of medicine have drawn acclaim and he was included in Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list in 2017.

“Will America be a stronger country if we deport him and others like him?” Pelosi asked. “Will we be a better country if we tear apart American families? Of course not, we all agree on that.”

Pelosi’s decision to take the floor followed a statement earlier in the day by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announcing a two-year budget deal that increases military spending at the behest of President Trump, at a cost of $160 billion and provides approximately $128 billion in non-defense discretionary spending. It now heads back to the House for another vote, where it will be met with strong pushback. If it passes the House, it will go to Trump’s desk to be signed.

Pelosi opposed the budget deal because it failed to address the underlying issue that sparked last month’s shutdown, longterm protections for DACA recipients. On Wednesday, she announced that she and “a large number” of her Democratic House colleagues would oppose any deal put forward without protections for DACA recipients, including the most recent budget legislation.

“There will be billions in funding to fight opioids, to strengthen our veterans and the (National Institutes of Health), to build job-creating rural infrastructure and broadband, and to fund access to child care and quality higher education,” Pelosi said in a written statement, but without protections for DACA recipients, “this package does not have my support.”

Across social media on Wednesday, users noted the contrast between the actions of Senate Democrats, who appeared to have caved to pressure and abandoned their immigration demands, and Pelosi’s clear strike on behalf of Dreamers:

Some also noted the somewhat unique nature of Pelosi’s action, which she has never undertaken during her lengthy tenure in politics and which is highly unusual in the House:

Chances of a government shutdown dimmed this week following the Senate deal, but Pelosi’s public demonstration indicates a fight could be coming in the House. A number of House Democrats are now demanding a debate on immigration and have called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to allow for such a conversation.

“What are you afraid of?” Pelosi said. “Give us a vote. Let the House work its will.”

A spokesperson for Ryan, AshLee Strong, said the speaker does not intend to open up a debate on immigration in the House.

“Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill — one that the president supports,” Strong said.

Democrats aren’t the only source of opposition Ryan may have to worry about. The far-right House Freedom Caucus has also indicated several members may move against the deal.

“I’m afraid the numbers will get so high and the debt ceiling will be added and it will be a Christmas tree of spending — that a lot of votes will be bought,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) in an interview with MSNBC.

“This is a bad, bad, bad, bad — you could say ‘bad’ a hundred times — deal,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) added. “When you put it all together, a quarter-of-a-trillion-dollar increase in discretionary spending — not what we’re supposed to be doing.”

The government is set to shut down again once funding runs out on February 8, if no budget deal is reached in the House.


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0 # nice2bgreat 2018-02-08 11:37
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Considering how long Nancy Pelosi has been on the losing side of bad legislation, why does it seen that this is the first time she's pulled this stunt? Could it be that Pelosi's tough Primary campaign, which includes progressive Stephen Jaffe, inspired Pelosi to grandstand for a bit?

And why is it, that, it is in the U.S. Senate that Democrats have the numbers to actually filibuster over DACA -- AND OTHER WORTHY ISSUES -- yet they passed the funding bill?

Corporate Dems have turned losing into an art. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory 101.

It must be a relief to no longer fear what Dems think Republicans would have said, if not for the caving --oh, the blame; better for Democrats to capitulate than face blame.

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Republican tactics: oppose something that they previously supported, such as the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), oppose something that 87% of U.S. citizens support, DACA, and then generously compromise during budget negotiations by allowing extension of CHIP and a promise to eventually (at some future time) allow a vote on a DACA bill that Donald Trump supports.

Democrats: ok.

Nancy Pelosi: What can I do (in the obviously losing position) to seem like I did something? Got it. Using my position as minority leader -- something I could have done many, many times, but wasn't in the midst of a tough Primary -- I'll talk for long time so people (corrupt so-called journalists and my publicist) will say I care and tried.
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+6 # Observer 47 2018-02-08 12:14
....And Ms. Pelosi couldn't do the same thing for any of the other vital issues that have come up during her tenure? Not that DACA isn't important, but THIS is where she's so belatedly taking her stand? After standing by during the passage of the recent tax bill, and ruinous environmental legislature? After abandoning single payer, and, and..... Wish she'd have shown this kind of courage years ago. On the other hand, the Dreamers issue is relatively "safe," meaning that she can take her swing with little danger to her career. Perhaps "opportunistic" is a more apt description of her behavior.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-02-08 17:03
Pelosi needs to go. She's the #1 fund raiser in the Demo party and yet nothing good has been done under her leadership. She's a right of center democrat and has opposed single-payer health insurance for her whole career.

She has a very good challenger in the Fall elections, so maybe she will be pushed out. But incumbent house members rarely lose.
 
 
+1 # RLF 2018-02-10 06:36
She's a big fund raiser because the real reason that Dems are supporting immigration reform is that Silicon Valley wants more cheap coders...it has nothing to do with the guys that mow your lawn. That's why she's all about this issue.
 
 
+3 # tsyganka 2018-02-08 17:24
Mz Pelosi and Chuckie Schumer done been on the job too long. They first tore it when impeaching non-elected Bush was put 'off the table.' (They probably also did it before, but I wasn't paying attention then.) Chuckie was Really a disappointing wimp when he believed, or for expediency's sake Said he believed, McConnell that DACA would actually be discussed and put in the so-called 'must pass' spending bill. But of course, Nope.

Additionally, the Ds signed on with the Rs in the happy renewal of CHIP but ALSO in the despicable DEFUNDING of the community health clinics where the children could get help. But there was PLENTY of money to give the war-and-death industry for more weapons and prep for the war that the ignorant orange savage desperately wants in order to divert attention from Mueller.
 
 
0 # RLF 2018-02-10 06:38
Chuckie is a total whore for Wall St. He's also going to run for president...BAR F!
 
 
-1 # librarian1984 2018-02-08 22:34
Too little, too late.
 

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