Why Nancy Pelosi Is Giving A Marathon Speech On The House Floor

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Why Nancy Pelosi Is Giving A Marathon Speech On The House Floor

"Every day, courageous patriotic Dreamers lose their status, every day the American dream slips further out of reach", Ms Pelosi told assembled lawmakers. And she did it in four-inch heels.

Observers noted that Pelosi spoke without taking a bathroom break or taking anything more than a sip of water.

During a lengthy filibuster speech on the House floor, Pelosi accused Ryan of treating House Democrats "in such a humiliating way" by failing to schedule a DACA vote while McConnell has pledged to do so next week in the Senate.

As The Hill pointed out on Wednesday, "T$3 hree members of House leadership including the Minority Leader have rights to unlimited speaking time on the floor", despite the chamber's "tightly controlled" nature.

With just over a day until America's latest budget deal expires, the Democrats are split over whether or not to vote for a new Continuing Resolution that does not include protection for immigrants who came to this country as children (known as DREAMers), but whose work permits and protection from deportation are set to expire on March 5. "What's wrong? There's something wrong with this picture", Pelosi said.

"We have an opportunity now that is nearly matchless" to get something done, Pelosi said.

Her talk was quickly dubbed the DACA-Buster on Twitter. "I wonder what that was?"

The measure would not provide a fix for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children. Pelosi said he worked 30 hours a week at his family's restaurant while he was in high school and still graduated with a 4.3 grade point average.

"If we don't straighten out our border, we don't have a country. Of course not we all agree on that", Pelosi said. In what experts think may be one of, if not the, longest House addresses in history, the California Democrat is demanding that the Senate include DACA protections as part of its budget deal.

Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) voiced optimism about the deal.

"So why can't we have some sort of commitment on this side?"

However, by standing and speaking, she's also standing and speaking against the Democratic leadership of the other house of Congress.

Pelosi pointed to a bipartisan bill by Reps.

Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., said approving the compromise deal now will open the path for a wide-open debate next week in the Senate on the DACA program and other immigration proposals - what Democrats should consider a political victory. "I don't know when we would have another opportunity that matches today".

She says she will oppose the deal unless House Speaker Paul Ryan commits to bringing up DACA legislation for a vote.

"What are you afraid of?"

"I do have some critiques on our message", Ryan said.

"I still have a real problem dramatically increasing the caps, adding to the deficit, when we just added $2 trillion for the tax plan".

And Wednesday on S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered, the Ohio Congressman - who ran unsuccessfully to replace Pelosi in the House - offered little indication that his views on the minority leader have significantly changed. While nativists rule the House, in the Senate, the hard-core anti-immigration core of the GOP basically consists of two men, Tom Cotton and David Perdue.

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