Nancy Pelosi has engaged it what is now a 7 hour speech on the House Floor making it the longest continuous speech speech since 1909.
ABC reported: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi set a record on the House floor Wednesday – speaking from morning until late afternoon on immigration and reading letters from DACA recipients for more than seven hours – in the longest continuous speech in the House since at least 1909.
Pelosi began speaking at 10:04 a.m. Wednesday to address the emerging bipartisan federal spending deal in the Senate, pointing to several “Democrat priorities” included in the deal but drawing the line over the lack of a solution for so-called Dreamers whose status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy is in jeopardy after March 5.
Pelosi announced she and a “large number” of House Democrats will oppose any deal unless Speaker Paul Ryan commits to a future open immigration debate, complaining House Democrats are second-class members of Congress without a commitment from Ryan.
After speaking for more than five hours Pelosi was handed a note, saying it read “a vote will occur soon after I yield back.”
“I have no intention of yielding back, Mr. Speaker,” Pelosi said, referring to the presiding officer – apparently not House Speaker Paul Ryan – and then put down the note to continue reading.
One Republican, Rep. Mark Walker, tweeted that he was less inclined to support the House deal the longer Pelosi spoke.