Nancy Pelosi Sets Record For Longest Continuous Speech In House History

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As of this writing she is still refusing to support funding of the federal government until the immigration issue is resolved. He said again Thursday he was determined to bring an immigration bill to the floor this year — albeit only one that has President Donald Trump's blessing.

The agreement would give the Pentagon an $80 billion increase for the current budget year for core defense programs, a 14 percent increase over current limits and $26 billion more than Trump's budget request.

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A top concern for many Democratic lawmakers is ensuring that any long-term spending bill doesn't come at the expense of protecting Dreamers.

The activists who filled a Washington church Wednesday, like liberal leaders nationwide, called out Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer by name.

The Senate and the House were both expected to vote on the proposed deal on Thursday. "It won't pass in the House".

In the end, the votes were there - but that didn't prevent heightened drama leading up to the vote.

When Pelosi finished, around 50 Democrats responded with a standing ovation, high-fives, hugs and kisses.

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.

That strategy provided several minutes of heightened drama on the House floor, as Republicans looked nervously up at a board that displays votes by member's name and the yes votes hung around 150.

"I think saying we got screwed is putting it diplomatically", Jason Pye, the vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks, a Washington advocacy group aligned with the Tea Party fumed to USA TODAY.

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"I don't think the president has any idea", said Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

"I'm greatly disappointed that the Speaker does not have the courage to lift the shadow of fear from the lives of these inspiring young people", Pelosi said in a statement, referring to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"We achieved the recognition of what the Dreamers mean to America", she told reporters afterward. "Their patriotism, their perseverance, their optimism are an inspiration that stirs the conscience of our entire nation".

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.

The debt ceiling will be raised by the appropriate amount until March 2019.

That was because, by her calculation, she was 40 hours away from the deadline to pass a budget bill to keep the government open, after which any leverage she had would be gone.

Love her or loathe her, Pelosi is one of the most fascinating figures in American politics right now.

As the clock hit midnight, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney immediately issued an order to close non-essential government operations.

"I am pleased to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement", McConnell said. "And then hopefully tomorrow she will validate that trust by stopping us from voting for it".

The Senate's Majority whip sounded a bit frustrated by the holdup. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, replied "Apparently that has not been closed out".

The country "can secure the border and if you're not a criminal, we should work on getting you into the country". Ryan could allow House Republicans to move forward with their own framework and see whether they can either go it alone or attract some Democrats to what would be the only show in town. "Yeah, we're going to figure out a new way forward". In the Senate, where unthinkably long orations are more common, South Carolina Sen. "He just called for the immediate withdrawal of all forces from Afghanistan as a way to give the U.S. military a pay raise", Graham tweeted.

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