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Pelosi and the Democrats sold out the Dreamers

11 February 2018, 07:26 | Melvin Schneider

Pelosi and the Democrats sold out the Dreamers

Pelosi and the Democrats sold out the Dreamers

"They said the leader is going to have a long speech on the house floor".

Pelosi started speaking around 10 a.m. and yielded the floor at 6:11 p.m.

Taking advantage of a rule that allows only top party leaders the special right to speak as long as they want, Pelosi had called aides at 7:45 a.m. on her drive to work Wednesday and instructed them to send out an all-member request for stories from dreamers and select Bible verses. And thank you to your parents for allowing us all the pleasure of having you be a part of our American family every day. Former House Speaker John Boehner spoke about cap and trade for an hour in 2009.

Past the five-hour mark, observers noted she had been on her feet the entire time, without a break and without water (her staff, however, says she is hydrated).

Pelosi refused to support the bipartisan budget deal Ryan, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to earlier Wednesday unless Ryan committed to bringing up the DACA amnesty vote.

Trump put almost 700,000 undocumented young people at risk of losing deportation protection and work permits when he ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in September. Pelosi has been sharing statements from DACA recipients about themselves and their successes in the US. They just launched another round of television ads in a US House special election in Pittsburgh that linked Democrat Conor Lamb to Pelosi. Eastern time. "Why are we here if not to protect the patriotic young people who are determined to contribute and to strengthen America?"

She continued: "Our plea to the speaker is for us, for ourselves, to honor the values of our founders".

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer declined to reveal his whip count, saying he has not shared it with Ryan and does not plan to "at this time". However, this could change pending whether the Democratic caucus is unified enough to keep him short of the 216 votes he needs, but that's not expected to be the case at this point.

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She warned that without a promise to debate immigration legislation, "a large number of members of our caucus" would not support the budget deal, which could lead to the second USA government shutdown this year.

Although Ryan said this week he would put immigration legislation on the "floor that the president supports" and has indicated that he wants to consider an immigration bill in the next few months, he's under pressure to stand by his promise not to consider immigration legislation unless it is supported by most House Republicans.

The Democrats never brought a bill to the floor before losing the majority, he added.

Speaker Paul Ryan still maintains that he will not hold a debate or vote on immigration reform within the House unless the discussed plan is approved by the president.

"I'm pleased with the product", she said.

Several Democrats, and some Republicans, are pushing for a narrow deal that addresses DACA and border security, but little else.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi staged a marathon, daylong filibuster in an attempt to force a House vote on protections for the "Dreamer" immigrants and to prove to an increasingly angry wing of progressives and activists that she has done all she could.



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