Pelosi Protests Stall In Immigration Talks With Marathon House Speech

Pelosi Protests Stall In Immigration Talks With Marathon House Speech

The Democrats' leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said: "The budget deal doesn't have everything Democrats want, it doesn't have everything Republicans want, but it has a great deal of what the American people want".

This comes as Senate leaders announced they will vote on a budget deal that would fund the government through the end of March, extend funding for community health centers for two years, and substantially boost defense and domestic programs. It takes no action on DACA whatsoever. He called it "the best thing we've done" for the middle class and the economy. Ms. Pelosi does not agree. She spoke of students who gave graduation speeches but weren't able to get loans to follow their classmates to college. That prompted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to ask, "I don't understand". That is a very formidable arsenal. Pelosi said he worked 30 hours a week at his family's restaurant while he was in high school and still graduated with a 4.3 grade point average. The move was one of few that she could utilize in order to force an issue in the House that the Senate continues to debate and negotiate over.

During her marathon address, which clocked in at eight hours and seven minutes, Pelosi only consumed water and did not sit or take a single bathroom break. She also included remarks about the Declaration of Independence, the country's founders.

"Maybe I should bring my rosary, blessed by the Pope", said Pelosi, who is Catholic.

"I have plenty more stories to tell", she said. After Pelosi told colleagues they were free to attend a speech by former Vice President Joe Biden, they responded by saying, "We want to see you", according to a tweet from C-SPAN.




The Democratic leader has dropped his push to use the budget talks to extract concessions on immigration from Republicans, leaving aside threats to shut down the government over the issue.

Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif., a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the Latino community thinks Senate Democratic leadership "has turned their back on them". Her speech began with a nod to Christian leaders calling for DACA protections. The agreement also includes aid to respond to recent natural disasters. After the last shutdown members are still unclear on the path forward and expect the Senate to pass this, leaving them little room.

Democrats on the left, especially members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were frustrated to see a budget deal negotiated that resolved virtually every Democratic priority except a resolution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy that protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children that President Donald Trump chose to terminate in September.

"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. She used a rare procedural privilege plead the case that the chamber needs to vote on the program for undocumented childhood arrivals, which is expiring soon.

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