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Pelosi gives longest US House speech in more than a century

10 February 2018

"That's something that's going to have long-term implications", said Murshed Zaheed, political director for the progressive group CREDO.

They were previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) scheme, which is being ended by President Donald Trump. There was Carlos Gonzalez, who once worked as an aide to former Representative Michael M. Honda, Democrat of California. Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva called the episode "disheartening".

If the bill passes it will be a "new era of much higher deficits and no appetite to do anything about them", Collender said. Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has promised an open debate on immigration legislation if a deal is not reached by Thursday. She spoke of students who gave graduation speeches but weren't able to get loans to follow their classmates to college. But when she asked members for their statements about DREAMers, her office was "flooded with them", she said. "Today we stand up for Dreamers because tomorrow we're going to stand up when there's a Muslim ban, when they come after our gay brothers and sisters, when they come after Planned Parenthood. That will put pressure on the President and the House to do the same".

Republicans expressed delight that eyes were on the polarizing Pelosi, but her marathon speech served to energize activists while highlighting that House Republicans will not commit to a vote.

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Pelosi's speechifying showed she is serious about shutting down the government to protect the Dreamers.

"First of all, we have the Senate procedure, which is my hope".

"Congress cannot continue to kick the can down the road when it comes to finding a solution for New Jersey's 17,400 dreamers", Pallone said. "Hopefully we could gather 60 votes for that". We have to make it happen. "Working out this deal and then saying she's not going to vote for it?" "But when you look at how the border wall will impact America, no, because I think 25 billion dollars is a waste of money". She said, "I thank all of you". They're giving up their leverage. "We don't even have that". And moderate Democratic senators seeking reelection in states Trump won in 2016 urged Pelosi to support an impending budget agreement despite concerns with immigration policy. The Democrats have been hopeful of using the crucial spending bill to get a legislation that protects the Dreamers.

"No, I'm just telling people why I'm voting the way I'm voting", Pelosi told reporters.

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But others have doubts.

Only in the Senate, whose leaders negotiated the deal, did a sense of accomplishment emerge over a bill that enables Congress to move beyond the fiscal fights to other issues - and the campaign trail - and assert legislative branch's ability to function despite Trump's often shifting views.

Near the sixth hour, Pelosi indicated she had gotten word the House would vote on some noncontroversial bills and recess as soon as she ceded the floor. "I don't agree", Rubio said. "The beauty is in the mix", she told her House colleagues.

But Gutierrez doubted that approach - scoffing at the idea that Democrats would be taken seriously if they threatened to withhold their votes yet again without success. "So, take what you can get".

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