UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered a record-setting speech on Wednesday, demanding a vote on legislation to address the soon-expiring program for undocumented young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
For more than eight hours standing in four-inch heels, Pelosi read letters from recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
Pelosi expressed opposition to a budget deal reached by Senate leaders to avoid a government shutdown and demanded that House Speaker Paul Ryan commit to a vote on DACA in exchange for support for the spending plan.
According to the House Historian’s office, Pelosi’s Feb. 7 speech was the longest on record on the chamber floor.
While the House more or less banned filibusters back in the 1890s, three members of House leadership are allowed unlimited speaking time: the Speaker, majority leader and minority leader.