Pelosi Marathon Speech on Immigration Breaks 1909 House Record

FROMA HARROP COLUMN: Tax cuts a crummy deal

FROMA HARROP COLUMN: Tax cuts a crummy deal

"Many of our priorities are in the bill", she said Thursday.

That was a tacit acknowledgment that there will be many Democrats who vote in favor of the continuing resolution (CR) and budget caps deal to help get it passed.

Pelosi opposes the budget legislation because it does not provide protections for the more than 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

This source told CNN that "a lot of people are going to vote for it".

While the budget deal reached on Wednesday also includes language that would provide funds for infrastructure, Pelosi said the only reason Republicans added such funding was to get members of the House Freedom Caucus to vote for it.

In interviews will almost a dozen House Democrats, many who requested anonymity to speak candidly, several called the speech an attempt by Pelosi to shore up support with the progressive base angry by congressional inaction on Dreamers.

"I'm pleased with the product", she said.

Throughout her extended speech, Pelosi offered trenchant, poignant anecdotes about young dreamers, as well as some random tangents, because how can anyone go for 7 hours without occasionally drifting into incoherence?

Democrats predict under such a scenario a bipartisan proposal from Reps.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, unveiled the latest plan Wednesday. "But I think we listed six things and it may be that five of them are addressed in this, so then the decision will have to be made by colleagues whether five out of six are enough or whether or not it's important to demonstrate that we're not willing to move forward without the Dream Act".

"I still have more", she said later as she was completing her speech to applause by fellow Democrats in the chamber.

Pelosi said Democrats were "receptive" to idea of public-private partnerships, as they relate to Mr. Trump's plan, but said the country needs a plan that "brings revenue back to the treasury, creates jobs and reduces the deficit".

It's unclear if Democratic leadership will whip against the bill.

Khanna said he's voting no because it doesn't address Dreamers and he opposes the major defense increase.

Breaking the record was "not my goal today", said Pelosi, 77, as she read stories and letters about the academic, humanitarian and other accomplishments by undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children and known as dreamers.

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