Pelosi sets record with 8-hour speech on immigration

Pauline Gross
February 12, 2018

The measures will have a 60-vote threshold for approval. Protection for the Dreamers under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, formally expires March 5 and there's no sign that lawmakers are making progress on an agreement to extend the program.

And she didn't stop until after 6 p.m.

The performance had no immediate impact on Republican leaders, who have not agreed to a vote.

"She negotiated the deal".

Moderate members of the conference, many of whom face hard re-election bids in swing districts, are inclined toward a legislative fix for Dreamers - those brought to the country illegally by their parents.

He's calling on members of both parties to "support our troops and support this Bill!"

Of the more than $400 billion increase, a significant chunk, $165 billion, would be defense department spending - which conservatives like - but an additional $131 billion would go to domestic spending and $160 billion would go to "emergency" funds that don't count under budget caps. That move is used in the Senate to delay or block legislation, and there isn't a House equivalent. The deal was also praised by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

It's unclear whether the liberal outrage will sink the two-year, almost $400 budget deal unveiled Wednesday that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases. It would contain nearly $300 billion over current limits on defense and domestic accounts.

Only hours before the January shutdown started, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer thought he might have reached an immigration agreement with Trump.

But the New York Democrat made little mention about what isn't coming with the new two-year agreement - a plan to protect the "Dreamer" immigrants.

Others defended Pelosi's approach as one of the few options Democrats had at this point to apply pressure. He called it "the best thing we've done" for the middle class and the economy. "But on Nancy Pelosi's terms, that is not going to happen, no matter how long she stands on the House floor and speaks".

He inflamed the debate when he reportedly questioned why the USA needed immigrants from "s--hole" African countries.

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Instead, the Kentucky Republican says the initial measure before lawmakers will be a bill that doesn't address the politically charged subject.

McConnell said Wednesday he's following through on his promise for a debate that "will be fair to all sides".

Trump has already signaled that he wants now to extort billions for his ludicrous Mexican border wall and nuke America's foundational immigration policy for political gain with his small political base. Just three weeks ago, Senate Democrats sparked a three-day partial government shutdown by staging a filibuster on a spending bill, seeking relief for "Dreamer" immigrants who've lived in the country illegally since they were children.

It also would increase the government's debt cap, preventing a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks.

On previous spending fights Ryan, was able to muscle enough Republican votes to pass legislation without the help of Democrats, so he had leverage in negotiations with his counterpart House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Conservatives in the House are also expected to balk at a deal that raises spending by $300 billion over the next two years. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., another senator leading the DACA talks, has criticized White House aides like Stephen Miller for what he calls Trump's shifting targets for an immigration bill.

Yet numerous House Democrats said they weren't being pushed by Pelosi's leadership team to oppose the Senate deal without a DACA fix, and some of Pelosi's top lieutenants said no such effort was underway.

He said he does think, though, that "100Democrats or more" will come across the floor and vote for a pending budget bill either Thursday night or early Friday.

Meadows told MSNBC Wednesday that a bipartisan deal will draw "120 or 140 Democrats and maybe about the same on Republicans sending this to the president's desk".

KELLY:.When it comes to immigration.

"This morning, we took a measure of our Caucus because the package does nothing to advance bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers in the House", Pelosi said in a statement. It also might approve crucial legislation to increase the government's borrowing limit to avoid possible default.

The lack of a unified Democratic strategy infuriated liberal leaders.

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