JUST IN: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has "set the record for the longest continuous speech in the House since at least 1909," House Historian says.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 7, 2018
I was gonna wait to see how it turned out, but yeah, Pelosi deserves the spotlight…
No water, no executive time. 77 year old, on her feet, in heels for 6 hours and counting.
— television is the retina of the mind's eye (@CountAlabster) February 7, 2018
Nancy Pelosi has worked harder today than all Senate Repubs combined have for their filibusters over the last 10 years
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) February 7, 2018
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the rare step Wednesday of giving a marathon speech supporting Democrats’ attempts to legalize the status of young immigrant “dreamers,” in a bid to pressure Republicans to act.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) began talking shortly after 10 a.m., using her right as minority leader to speak for as long as she wants. She began by saying that she would lead opposition to a broad two-year budget agreement that includes several Democratic priorities but does not address immigration — the topic that has prolonged the spending debate for several months.
“I have no intention of yielding back,” Pelosi said at 3:41 p.m. Eastern as she neared the six-hour mark of her ongoing remarks.
The hope is that Pelosi and Democrats — whose support is often needed to pass spending bills in the face of opposition from fiscal conservatives — can pressure House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to hold votes on immigration legislation, as the Senate is poised to begin doing next week.
“Why should we in the House be treated in such a humiliating way when the Republican Senate leader has given that opportunity in a bipartisan way to his membership? What’s wrong? There’s something wrong with this picture,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi, 77, peppered her speech with anecdotes about people protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and mentioned the biblical tale of the Good Samaritan…
At least six floor aides and 18 Democratic lawmakers sat around her, including Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). But most sat skimming their phones or reading documents. One aide kept slipping her fresh pages with more stories to tell about dreamers affected by the ongoing impasse.
On the other side of the chamber sat only Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) and two aides, seemingly waiting to seize the floor and begin debate on a home mortgage bill scheduled to be voted on later Wednesday…
How long until Paul Ryan invoke some extraordinary parliamentary authority to shush her? https://t.co/XsurGdzO25
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) February 7, 2018
Of course (*sigh*) it wouldn’t be a Democratic landmark without some two-bit opportunist trying to grab some attention…
As Pelosi enters hour four of DACA filibuster, Dem aide aligned with House mods emails me:
“The reality is that the filibuster is only being done to cater to the left-wing of the party at the expense of the larger caucus, and it's in the interest of one person: Leader Pelosi."
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 7, 2018
That's a lot of words to say "Tim Ryan's office." https://t.co/txFY9aE3e9
— Richard Allen Smith (@rockrichard) February 7, 2018