House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made historical past Wednesday by way of turning in the longest floor speech within the chamber’s historical past.
Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, spoke for greater than seven hours — she started at 10:05 a.m. and used to be nonetheless going at 6 p.m. — to protest a two-year spending deal struck by way of Senate leaders.
The House historian mentioned it used to be the longest floor speech on record.
She vowed to stay speaking till House Speaker Paul D. Ryan assured an open debate on an immigration invoice.
Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, has mentioned he's going to most effective absorb a invoice that the president could be prepared to signal.
For maximum of her remarks, Mrs. Pelosi learn letters and testimonials from “Dreamers,” the unlawful immigrants who got here to the U.S. as minors and are on the middle of Congress’ immigration debate.
“Am I not lucky to become familiar with so many beautiful Dreamers,” mentioned Mrs. Pelosi, including that it might be a travesty to ship them in a foreign country.
Democrats need felony standing for Dreamers, who will lose coverage when the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA expires March five.