Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Budget Deal Would Add Money, but Not Restore DACA

Budget Deal Would Add Money, but Not Restore DACA

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.

Top Senate leaders are working to finalize a two-year budget deal that would boost defense spending sought by President Donald Trump as well as some domestic spending sought by Democrats.

The budget deal, which was proposed by Senate leaders on Wednesday, will require Democratic support to pass the House, so the House Democratic leader's comments make the plan's future unclear.

Pelosi used her speech to talk about protections for Dreamers, or those protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which President Trump has worked to rescind. "But on Nancy Pelosi's terms, that is not going to happen, no matter how long she stands on the House floor and speaks".

"People in our caucus will do what they think is in the best interests of their constituents and for the country", the New York Democrat said. The speech was directed at him, after all, as Pelosi was specifically calling for a comprehensive, bipartisan solution to the immigration debates that have befuddled three presidencies in a row.

Pelosi is demanding that Republicans Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell commit to opening up a debate on immigration and DACA.

We believe the non-Dreamer part of immigration reform will be so hard to negotiate that a consensus will be hard to achieve in such a short time.

Pelosi's Democratic colleagues took notice.

Republican supporters were not as enamoured with Pelosi's actions. Boehner took to the floor to make a political point because as the minority leader he had little power to hold up the legislation he opposed.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesperson said Ryan has "repeatedly stated" he supports an immigration reform bill including DACA.

The mood in the House was in stark contrast to the comity in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer delivered laudatory back-to-back speeches on the accord, which would add almost $300 billion for government programs and suspend the debt ceiling until March 2019.

But Mrs Pelosi had another objective, to show progressive Democrats that she is with them. "People would text me and say, I would have gone to the bathroom by now and I texted them back, don't jinx her, don't jinx her".

Pelosi said "a large number" of fellow Democrats are prepared to vote against a short-term spending bill and the massive two-year budget caps deal without a "fix" for DREAMers. "Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support".

During the eight hour speech, Pelosi told stories of young undocumented immigrants pleading for legal status to remain in the country. Pelosi said she wanted their stories to be part of the Congressional Record.

The proposal will likely require the support of some Democrats if it is to pass the House. When she finally finished speaking at 6:11pm EST, she then tweeted out a message of appreciation to everyone, writing, "Just seeing all of these #GoNancyGo messages".

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