House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) set a new record on Wednesday as she spoke a little more than 8-hour to oppose the budget deal as the deal does not address immigration issues. She delivered a marathon monologue focused on secure protections for the young immigrants who brought to the USA illegally as children.
In addition, the budget deal is focused on lifting budget caps in order to provide $659 billion for the Pentagon. Senate leaders closed in on a budget deal on Tuesday which would lift caps on defense and domestic spending, it would also break the cycle of temporary funding bills in order to keep the government operating.
In a record-breaking 8-hours-7-minute long speech consisting prayers, testimonials from “Dreamers,” and Bible passages, Pelosi spoke out to oppose a two-year budget package, the deal Pelosi herself helped to negotiate.
According to the House Historian’s office, Pelosi’s marathon monologue is the longest speech ever recorded on the House floor as per their records. She began her speech shortly after 10 a.m. ET, and ended her long speech a little after 6:10 p.m. ET.
Pelosi, who received applause in the chamber says, “I have had the privilege of reading the testimony from Dreamers, I still have more. ” She said, “I thank all of you.”
Pelosi thought of the idea to speak for hours on the House floor overnight, she was standing wearing four-inch-heels while delivering the speech and she only sipped water during her record-breaking speech, a source close to the California Democrat told CNN.
Pelosi said on the House floor, “We have to be strong as a country … to respect the aspirations of people who are our future.” She went on to say, “The young people are our future and these dreamers are part of that. They’ve been enriched … by the greatness of our country.”
She added, “Our plea to the speaker is for us, for ourselves, to honor the values of our founders.”