Maxine Waters: Pelosi's Filibuster 'Most Profound' in History of Congress

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Already as the budget deal was on track for passage, House advocates began a pressure campaign to urge Ryan to make a promise like McConnell - though Ryan continually demurred and insisted instead he's committed to the issue of immigration and passing a bill the President can support. "These are the reasons I am voting against this bill". Many who did quickly labeled it a pointless, head-scratching episode. And over in the House, Nancy Pelosi was willing to hold the floor for eight hours to rail against the deal, but she wasn't willing to go all out and whip her caucus to vote no with her.

"I just got word that the House historian confirms that you have now set the record for the longest continuous speech in the House since at least 1909", said Pelosi during her marathon, reading aloud from a clerk's message.

Of course, Ryan could avoid a lot of this if House Republicans were united on spending. We're not dependent on commercial or political support and we do not accept any government funding.

The shutdown - technically a lapse in agency appropriations - was the second government closure in less than a month, another product of election-year partisan disputes and persistent internal divisions in both parties. If there are 60 votes for a deal, then a deal there will be.

At the White House, there appeared to be little sense of concern. Trump did not tweet and aides did not try to assign blame.

"Sen. Paul has some concerns he wants to be able to voice", Cornyn told reporters. But Paul, the resident contrarian, repelled suggestions to stand aside. But I still don't see many flaws in what Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are doing. "It's a sign of her weakness that she's reduced to giving an eight-hour speech because she can't find a solution", Gingrich said on "America's Newsroom". "The Republican moral cowardice must end". Such debt limit votes are usually enormous headaches for GOP leaders.


In a moment of rare bipartisan compromise, U.S. Senate reached a deal on Wednesday to raise spending on military and domestic programs by nearly $300 billion over the next two years, but the agreement infuriated some fiscal conservatives. Senate Democrats sparked a three-day partial government shutdown last month by filibustering a spending bill, seeking relief for "Dreamer" immigrants who've lived in the country illegally since they were children.

Senate Democrats had no appetite for another shutdown.

A group of hard-right House conservatives opposes the big budget deal emerging in Congress, but the group's leader says he expects it to pass anyway because of increases in defense and other spending that will appeal to many lawmakers.

If the bill passes it will be a "new era of much higher deficits and no appetite to do anything about them", Collender said. She continued to press Ryan for a promise to bring an immigration measure sponsored by Reps. But many Democrats back the measure without that assurance. Last year, President Donald Trump rescinded DACA - a program that has allowed young immigrants to work and attend school, without fear of deportation - and gave Congress until March 5 to find a solution for the almost 800,000 beneficiaries.

Republicans, too, had their disappointments. "Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits". "And Republicans say 'never.' They say 'never'".

"It provides what the Pentagon needs to restore our military's edge for years to come", said Ryan. There's also $16 billion to renew a slew of expired tax breaks that Congress seems unable to kill. All Pelosi was doing was signaling that those votes might not be available unless Ryan gives something in return - and that just as he is catering to those Republicans who are most strongly against immigration, she has similar constraints on her side of the aisle. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money".

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