Nancy Pelosi Just Crushed It With the Longest Continuous Speech in House History

Democrats want Dreamer protections as part of the spending deal.

Tom Williams/AP

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has set a record for the longest continuous speech in House history, according to the House Historian’s Office. Pelosi took to the floor at 10:04 a.m. EST on Wednesday—after the Senate failed to include Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants protected under DACA, in their agreement to fund the government. Ending just after 6:00 p.m. EST, Pelosi spoke for eight hours and seven minutes.

Under DACA, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers were protected from deportation. After President Trump ended the program last year, Democrats pushed for the protection of Dreamers to be included in last month’s short-term spending bill. It wasn’t, so Democrats refused to support the bill, resulting in the three-day government shutdown. 

“We have to be strong as a country…to respect the aspirations of people who are our future,” Pelosi said Wednesday. “The young people are our future and these Dreamers are part of that.” (Fittingly, Pelosi’s speech comes one year after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was formerly silenced on the Senate floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.)

House Democrats have largely commended the speech, sharing clips of it on Twitter with the now-trending hashtag #GoNancyGo. After Pelosi told colleagues they were free to attend a speech by former Vice President Joe Biden, they responded by saying, “We want to see you,” according to a tweet from C-SPAN.

Pelosi and other Dems have said they’ll only support the spending bill if Speaker Paul Ryan agrees to hold a vote on an immigration bill that includes the Dreamers. The short-term funding bill expires on Friday. 

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Corporations and billionaires don’t fund journalism like ours that exists to shake things up. Instead, support from readers allows Mother Jones to call it like it is without fear, favor, or false equivalence.

And right now, a longtime friend of Mother Jones has pledged an incredibly generous gift to inspire—and double—giving from online readers. That's huge! Because you can see that our fall fundraising drive is well behind the $325,000 we need to raise. So if you agree that in-depth, fiercely independent journalism matters right now, please support our work and help us raise the money it takes to keep Mother Jones charging hard. Your gift, and all online donations up to $94,000 total, will be matched and go twice as far—but only until the November 9 deadline.

$400,000 to go: Please help us pick up the pace!

payment methods

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Corporations and billionaires don’t fund journalism like ours that exists to shake things up. Instead, support from readers allows Mother Jones to call it like it is without fear, favor, or false equivalence.

And right now, a longtime friend of Mother Jones has pledged an incredibly generous gift to inspire—and double—giving from online readers. That's huge! Because you can see that our fall fundraising drive is well behind the $325,000 we need to raise. So if you agree that in-depth, fiercely independent journalism matters right now, please support our work and help us raise the money it takes to keep Mother Jones charging hard. Your gift, and all online donations up $94,000 total, will be matched and go twice as far—but only until the November 9 deadline.

$400,000 to go: Please help us pick up the pace!

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate