Pelosi: I'll oppose emerging budget deal without immigration assurances
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 10, 2018,
Feb 10, 2018, 4:47
"Maybe I should bring my rosary, blessed by the Pope", said Pelosi, who is Catholic. When asked by reporters whether she would whip her members to vote against it, though, she replied, "I'm just telling people why I'm voting the way I'm voting".
The National Republican Congressional Committee is now testing this message against Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate running in the upcoming Pennsylvania special election: "Nancy Pelosi is calling your tax cuts "crumbs" and "pathetic.' Conor Lamb sounds just like her".
The House Minority Leader started speaking shortly after 10 am and wrapped up the speech a little after 6.10 pm. Pelosi believes that a budget deal must include legislation for the program in order for Democrats to vote yes.
"Our Dreamers hang in limbo, with a cruel cloud of fear and uncertainty above them", Pelosi said.
"I'm going to take everything she says at face value", said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
In the US Senate, where long speeches are more common, the late SC senator Strom Thurmond holds the record after delivering a speech lasting 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. As one House Democrat told Politico, the impetus for a fissure runs deeper than loyalties: "Most of us are ready for a real change and new leadership.The issue is not even about personalities".
Her #DACAbuster, clocking in at an epic 8 hours and 7 minutes, broke the record for the longest speech ever delivered in House history, not exactly a chamber known for its brevity.
AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Ryan "has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill - one that the president supports". "The beauty is in the mix", she told her House colleagues. Pelosi is not a scorched-earth partisan; indeed, at numerous times in her career she has been criticized for cutting deals, such as on Iraq War appropriations and Obamacare. Pelosi said he worked 30 hours a week at his family's restaurant while he was in high school and still graduated with a 4.3 grade point average.
Ryan has said he wants a solution to the DACA problem.
Democrats need to gain at least 24 seats to take control of the House, and nonpartisan forecasters and recent fundraising reports show that they are set to exceed that figure.
Pelosi's decision means there's a better chance - but no guarantee - that enough Democrats will offset Republican defections to pass the measure in the House.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said it was unclear how long Pelosi would go on for, but she had water to keep her hydrated. So is Congress. Yet, for some reason, only Pelosi gets blamed for an unpopularity that really stems from disgust with Congress and partisan polarization.