Nancy Pelosi Says She Won't Support Budget Deal Without Immigration Promise


She began her speech shortly after 10 a.m. and ended after 6 p.m., which became a congressional record regarding a floor speech.

The activists who filled a Washington church Wednesday, like liberal leaders nationwide, called out Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for failing to attach immigration legislation to a must-pass bill like the budget deal. CNN and ABC News correctly reported the background of the speech.

Pelosi shared personal stories of many so-called Dreamers, the term for undocumented immigrants, on Wednesday and read aloud their words about wanting to remain in the U.S. The California Democrat delivered extended remarks for over four hours, according to her rights as minority leader, which allow her to speak without a time limit on the House floor.

"During the night when I was thinking and praying so hard about our 'Dreamers, ' I thought, maybe we should just pray all day on the floor of Congress", she said.

"Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", Pelosi added later in a statement.

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".

A lack of support from House Democrats could imperil an agreement to avoid the second partial government shutdown in a month.

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"If you want to live in a country where everyone doesn't hate everyone else for the color of their skin, you ought not to say things like that".

House Democrats will likely spend the next 24 hours pushing to get a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan on floor consideration of DACA bills. 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.

In that context, Pelosi's marathon speech can be viewed as a signal to the progressive base that Democrats aren't quitting on DREAMers.

Ryan has said House Republicans would bring an immigration measure to the floor only if it had the support of President, as well.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Pelosi "should not hold our military hostage over a separate issue".

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had initially promised to secure a DACA extension by the end of 2017; then, when December 31 came and went, by a mid-January deadline to fund the federal government. "Congress again will work its will". Instead, she took advantage of the magic-minute rule that allows the majority leaders of each party and the speaker to talk as long as they'd like.