Rep. Nancy Pelosi Stages Hours-Long Speech About House Spending Bill

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As the Senate leaders were announcing their agreement, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California was holding the floor in the House, declaring she would oppose the measure unless her chamber's GOP leaders promised a vote on legislation to protect the younger immigrants.

The House Historian's office told CNN that Pelosi's speech is the longest on record on the House floor, according to their records.

Pelosi started speaking around 10 a.m. and yielded the floor at 6:11 p.m. "I thank all of you".

A spokesperson for Ryan, AshLee Strong, said the speaker does not intend to open up a debate on immigration in the House.

The budget deal, which was proposed by Senate leaders on Wednesday, will require Democratic support to pass the House, so the House Democratic leader's comments make the plan's future unclear.

Pelosi took to the House floor for more than three hours, and said she would oppose that almost-completed budget pact even though it would boost funding for many domestic priorities favored by Democrats.

DACA recipients and supporters protest outside Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on January 22.

"We do not deserve any right - any of us - to say we love DREAMers, or anything like that, unless we have an intention of doing anything about it", Pelosi said, more than four hours into the speech.

Donald Trump, the president, has called on Congress to provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers as part of an immigration and border security proposal.

Pelosi said Democrats were "receptive" to idea of public-private partnerships, as they relate to Mr. Trump's plan, but said the country needs a plan that "brings revenue back to the treasury, creates jobs and reduces the deficit".

"The speaker of the House is saying we don't matter here, the members of the House", she said. Where the House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has been speaking for almost seven hours straight.

Democrats aren't the only source of opposition Ryan may have to worry about.

"We're not going to bring immigration legislation through that the president doesn't support", Ryan told reporters at a Tuesday news conference.

A short time later, administration spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president did not want a shutdown - despite his statements suggesting otherwise.

"We've laid out what we would like to see in immigration legislation and I think it's something Nancy Pelosi should support and hopefully she'll come on board", she said during the White House briefing Wednesday. "And then hopefully tomorrow she will validate that trust by stopping us from voting for it".

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

A vote in the House is expected later Thursday.



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