Friday, 23 February, 2018

Maxine Waters: Pelosi's Filibuster 'Most Profound' in History of Congress

Nancy Pelosi has been telling DREAMer stories for 7 hours. And she's still talking Pelosi Makes Epic, Hours Long Speech For DACA
Nellie Chapman | 09 February, 2018, 08:42

The 78-year old California lawmaker, who was been criticized in some quarters for being too "old" to bear the mantle of Democratic leadership in Congress, was on her feet and spoke without pause for eight hours - in four-inch heels, someone noted - except to sip water occasionally.

Democrats on the left, especially members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were frustrated to see a budget deal negotiated that resolved virtually every Democratic priority except a resolution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy that protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children that President Donald Trump made a decision to terminate in September.

Nancy Pelosi spent over eight hours on the house floor speaking on behalf of dreamers and DACA.

Some scoffed at Ms Pelosi's speech, meant to elicit a promise from House Speaker Paul Ryan to allow a vote on subsequent legislation to protect the younger immigrants.

When it comes to congressional bloviating, the place to be is the U.S. Senate, with its hallowed (if recently restricted) tradition of "filibusters", long speeches exploiting Senate rules to block or delay votes, usually to thwart the will of the majority party.

Pelosi read another letter from Jirayut New Latthivongskorn who said his parents brought him to the US from Thailand when he was nine years old. It suggests too that Mrs Pelosi's eyes are fixed more tightly on mid-terms in November than on immigration.

Pelosi is demanding that Republicans Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell commit to opening up a debate on immigration and DACA. Rescinding DACA will affect some 800,000 Dreamers, including hundreds of young Indian adults who face the threat of deportation. Pelosi asked. "Will we be a better country if we tear apart American families?"

"House Democrats have a voice here and we must be heard", Pelosi wrote.

Trump said: "I'd love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of". "I don't know when we would have another opportunity that matches today".

"Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill - one that the president supports", Strong said in a statement.

A short-term spending measure in the House and a budget pact evolving in the Senate make it less likely the federal government will shut down Thursday night.

"I have plenty more stories to tell", she said.

But its fate is uncertain in the House, where fiscal hawks oppose a spending increase and most Democrats want Dreamer protections to be part of the deal.

His Democratic counterpart, Chuck Schumer, said the deal "should break the long cycle of spending crises that have snarled this Congress and hampered our middle class".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Pelosi "should not hold our military hostage over a separate issue". He told radio host Hugh Hewitt that "I think we will" have the votes to pass the budget bill. Pelosi insisted that she would keep talking until Paul Ryan agreed to schedule a vote on a DACA compromise and would block any attempt to pass a budget until he did.