Why Nancy Pelosi Is Giving A Marathon Speech On The House Floor

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Mrs Pelosi said her support for a new bill-a $300bn spending deal cut by Democrats and Republicans in the Senate-was dependent upon Mr Ryan promising a vote to save the Dreamers.

"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not", Ryan said, referring to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young undocumented immigrants brought here as children from deportation.

Pelosi said she'd oppose the budget deal unless GOP leaders agreed to hold a House vote on helping the Dreamers.

The way forward in the Senate doesn't seem any less tumultuous. Her media and activist critics judge her competence and leadership nearly entirely based on her performance in front of a microphone. Young Democrats here at USC and on all college campuses should demand that our Democratic representatives stop equivocating on the nature of the platform. "They are a reflection of all the immigrants that have come before".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) admitted the proposal was far from "a ideal bill", but called it "our best chance ... to make progress on issues directly affecting the American people".

A bipartisan group of 20 to 30 mostly moderate senators that dub themselves the "common sense coalition" has been meeting near daily to hammer out a proposal.

But Mrs Pelosi had another objective, to show progressive Democrats that she is with them. Fiscal conservatives, like Sens. Those running for re-election in red states are anxious that Pelosi's extreme defense of illegal immigrants, along with her willingness to vote to shut down the government again, will hurt their chances in November. But others stuck to a hard line.

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Her dedication to speaking about Daca also led to her speech being called a "Dacabuster" - a play on the filibuster technique sometimes used in the Senate to block or delay legislation by refusing to yield the floor. That proposal is beyond the pale for Democrats because it significantly transforms America's immigration system without doing anything to address the estimated 11 million undocumented people now in the country.

DETROW: Pelosi is playing a leading role in most of the ads Republicans are running in the race against the Democratic candidate. Rubio, however, said he doesn't see this happening.

"I don't think the unity will be there", Gutierrez said.

Before any Senate-approved plan can even get to Trump's desk it needs to go through the House, which is itself a major hurdle. There's no sign indication from congressional negotiators that that will be the case.

Only one member who took questions from the press cared to offer a guess about how many Democrats would join Republicans in voting for the bill. Nor would it increase border security or provide funding for a southern border wall.

It's a generational showdown that's been put off for years, but one that Democrats might not be able to be avoid much longer. And that's not something that Republicans want to do because they said they would protect these people.

KELLY: Now, the White House reiterated this week that President Trump does not plan to extend that March 5 deadline, which leaves Congress with just over three weeks to pass a deal. As one House staffer told me last week, Pelosi runs a polished office.

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