US Democrat Nancy Pelosi Delivers 8 Hour Long Speech Defending Dreamers

10 February, 2018, 06:58 | Author: Kim Reid
  • U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks to reporters ahead of an expected vote in the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on a

"There's all kinds of ways, I assure you", he told Politico's Heather Caygle, "that leadership exercises its influence - the least of which is a floor speech".

She also quoted from the Bible and Pope Francis, while Democrats took turns sitting behind her in support.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a similar commitment, which he repeated Wednesday.

"People in our caucus will do what they think is in the best interests of their constituents and for the country", the New York Democrat said.

Where was this urgency when she was Speaker of the House?

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In that context, Pelosi's marathon speech can be viewed as a signal to the progressive base that Democrats aren't quitting on DREAMers.

Whether or not it was Pelosi's intention, her choice of footwear makes a statement: She's not quitting.

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.

Ryan insisted he's committed to bringing an immigration bill to the floor, but said it must be one that President Trump will sign.

Pelosi's spokesperson Drew Hammill responded to Strong, saying, "Speaker Ryan needs to make a real commitment to act and stop hiding behind the President". So maybe it's time to get rid of it?

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Republican supporters were not as enamoured with Pelosi's actions.

Wearing four-inch heels and forgoing any breaks, Pelosi, 77, spent much of her speech reading personal letters from young immigrants whose temporary protection from deportation is set to expire next month. "Congress again will work its will". Red-state Democrats running for reelection in 2018 are sniping and the Twitterverse cares more about a domestic abuser on the White House staff than immigration politics.

Boehner's roughly one hour speech was dubbed a "fila-Boehner".

We're not sure how she did it, but we'd suggest something a little more comfortable the next time she takes the floor. Ryan needs Democrats' help to pass the spending bill because his conservative wing, including the Freedom Caucus, is balking. GOP opposition to the plan was credited with helping to start the Tea Party movement.

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had initially promised to secure a DACA extension by the end of 2017; then, when December 31 came and went, by a mid-January deadline to fund the federal government.

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