House Democratic leader flexes muscle in opposing U.S. budget deal

House Democratic leader flexes muscle in opposing U.S. budget deal

Earlier in the day, Pelosi said she and some of her caucus would not support the proposal unless she gets a commitment that House Speaker will allow an open debate on immigration legislation.

If all, or at least most, Democrats follow Pelosi to vote against the budget deal, and are joined by the 36-member Freedom Caucus, the measure could fail in a floor vote.

"This morning, we took a measure of our Caucus because the package does nothing to advance bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers in the House".

"It appears that Leader Pelosi today set the record for the longest continuous speech in the House, going back to 1909 when Champ Clark of Missouri held the record for 5 hours and 15 minutes to speak against the tax overhaul that year", the House historian's office said.

Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration, specifically on seeking extended protections for the "dreamer" immigrants who have lived in the country illegally since they were children.

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered a snooze-inducing filibuster on the House floor Wednesday ahead of a looming government shutdown. "We can get this budget deal done and then we can focus on getting this immigration deal done". In addition to the military and domestic spending, the deal taking shape would approve overdue disaster relief money and, perhaps, crucial legislation to increase the government's borrowing limit and avoid possible default. That group includes both the 690,000 now shielded and also "the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn't sign up", he said. She's not asking for passage, just for commitment to - for a vote on an immigration bill and as far as we could tell, this is longest house speech in more than 170 years.

"We do not deserve any right - any of us - to say we love DREAMers, or anything like that, unless we have an intention of doing anything about it", Pelosi said, more than four hours into the speech. In an upcoming Western Pennsylvania special election, conservative groups are running ads tying Democrat Conor Lamb to Pelosi, despite Lamb's having told reporters he wouldn't vote for her as Democratic leader. After the last shutdown members are still unclear on the path forward and expect the Senate to pass this, leaving them little room.

It's clear that Senate Democrats have no appetite for another government shutdown. "Insist that a solution be included in this must-pass spending bill".

"Our side is not formally whipping on this", the New York Democrat said on CNN.

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