Nancy Pelosi Goes Wild On House Floor – GOP Complains About Historic Speech


The DACA program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, is set to expire in March if legislation doesn’t get passed soon. According to The Washington Post:

‘The DACA program is set to expire March 5 — a deadline President Trump set in September that has sparked months of debate about how to allow dreamers to stay in the country and make other changes to immigration policy and border security programs that Trump and Republicans want.’

On Wednesday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) decided to take the matter into her own hands, starting a record-breaking filibuster by “giving a marathon speech,” supporting Democrats’ attempts to legalize the status of “dreamers.” The Washington Post reported:

‘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.’


After almost six hours of speaking, Pelosi said:

‘I have no intention of yielding back.’

She went on to say:

‘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 and the Democrats want to put pressure on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the Republicans to hold votes on immigration legislation, which the Senate is scheduled to begin next week. Pelosi’s speech, which topped eight hours, included anecdotes about people protected by DACA and mentioned the Biblical tale of the Good Samaritan.

According to The Post:

‘The Office of the House Historian confirmed Wednesday that Pelosi was in the midst of giving the longest-continuous speech in House history, dating back to at least 1909, when then-Rep. Champ Clark (D-Mo.) delivered five hours and 15 minutes of remarks against a tariff overhaul being debated at the time. But Clark’s speech was repeatedly interrupted by his colleagues; Pelosi has held the floor the entire time with no interruption.’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders supports the Senate budget plan and does not agree with Pelosi on including immigration issues as part of the agreement. Sanders said:

‘We’ve made clear that the budget deal should be a budget deal and that members of Congress like Nancy Pelosi should not hold the government hostage over a separate issue.’

Late Tuesday night, Pelosi gave a heads up to the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York (D).

What was also somewhat impressive, is that Pelosi stood before The House for hours in four-inch heels, and only took a few sips of water in a five-hour period. According to The Post:

‘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.’

The Post went on to report:

‘Pelosi’s decision to hold the House floor comes as Democrats have canceled a three-day retreat at a resort on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and will gather instead on Capitol Hill to hear from party luminaries, including former vice president Joe Biden, former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe and former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr.’

Here’s what Twitter had to say:

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