Nancy Pelosi stages 8-hour speech to push for vote for 'Dreamers'

Nancy Pelosi stages 8-hour speech to push for vote for 'Dreamers'

Sen. Schumer went forward Wednesday to announce that a budget agreement was made with Senate Republicans.

The budget deal could be the key to averting a government shutdown this week as Congress must pass a new spending bill by Thursday night.

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California mounted a remarkable daylong speech on the House floor, trying to force GOP leaders in the House to promise a later vote on legislation to protect the younger immigrants.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used a rare procedural privilege to mount a filibuster-esque speech for more than eight hours on the House floor on Wednesday, demanding that the Republican majority permit a vote on legislation to address the soon-expiring program for undocumented childhood arrivals.

And Wednesday on S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered, the Ohio Congressman - who ran unsuccessfully to replace Pelosi in the House - offered little indication that his views on the minority leader have significantly changed. "Honour the House of Representative and give us a chance to have a vote on the floor", she said before leaving.

"I'm going to take everything she says at face value", said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said he would back the compromise if the disaster relief funds include provisions to help his state recover from last year's wildfires. After seven hours, Pelosi read passages from the Gospel of Matthew found for her by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), a former Jesuit missionary. "We were all participants in the negotiations, but I think what turns out to be as good as it can get for us in the minority, minority in a no president kind of appropriations bill at this point", Pelosi told TheDC in reference to the lifting of the budget caps on domestic spending in the deal.

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Another backdrop of her performance - simmering displeasure among the growing ranks of ambitious younger Democrats who say it's time for the party's 70-something leaders to step aside. Party leaders technically take the floor for one minute, but are allowed to speak for as long as they wish. In an upcoming Western Pennsylvania special election, conservative groups are running ads tying Democrat Conor Lamb to Pelosi, despite Lamb's having told reporters he wouldn't vote for her as Democratic leader.

"This is a moral fight that Democratic leadership is failing on".

Should Pelosi fail to unify House Democrats against the deal, he added, "it's going to be another strike against her effectiveness as leader of the caucus".

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Peoples reported from NY.

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