Pelosi, 77, stood in dark blue, four-inch stilettos the whole time as she read aloud stories of individual immigrants, known as "Dreamers", and argued the merits of allowing them to stay in the country. Leaders, when they are recognized on the House floor, are able to speak for as long as they please.
At any other time, House Democrats would have taken a domestic spending victory and moved on.
Personalities from both parties in the Senate reached an agreement today to increase the limits of government spending for the next two years and allow the Capitol to approve a long-term legislation in this regard, thereby trying to prevent a closure of the federal agencies on Friday due to lack of funds, when the previous temporary financing measure expires.
Her remarks seemed partly aimed at the liberal wing of Pelosi's own party, who seethed as Senate Democrats cut a budget deal with Republicans that could quickly steal the momentum behind the effort to resolve the Dreamers' plight.
While she spoke on the House floor, immigration activists rallied in Washington and threaten political retribution against the congressional Democrats who abandoned the strategy of demanding that a budget deal be paired with an immigration deal. She says it should be "bipartisan, transparent and unifying". "Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support".
Unless enough House Democrats come on board, it's unclear if the budget deal can pass.
Pelosi's statement came as Congress neared a Thursday deadline for preventing a government shutdown, something the House attempted to avoid when it passed a short-term spending measure on Tuesday night. It would also provide money for his border wall and curb legal immigration.More news: Overwatch Developer Update Details New Ayutthaya Map, Capture the Flag & More
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McConnell said Wednesday he's following through on his promise for a debate that "will be fair to all sides".
In that context, Pelosi's marathon speech can be viewed as a signal to the progressive base that Democrats aren't quitting on DREAMers. "I still have more", she said later as she was completing her speech to applause by fellow Democrats in the chamber.
Pelosi finally ceded the floor after 8 hours and 7 minutes.
The activists who filled a Washington church Wednesday, like liberal leaders nationwide, called out Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer by name. "They are a blessing".
The disappointment extended to DACA recipients like 26-year-old Edwin Romero, of Dallas, who was born in Mexico and brought to the United States at the age of 6. She hopes to practice public interest law.
Pelosi made a decision to give her remarks late Tuesday night and gave a heads up to Schumer, aides said.
DACA, Alvarado said in her letter, opened the door for her. "Even though I think there's an intention to take up the issue, I want that intention to be clearly and unequivocally expressed". "Please open that door so we can have that debate here".