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Mrs. Pelosi Goes to Washington
« on: February 08, 2018, 01:07:03 AM »
Nancy went full on Jimmy Stewart!  8 hours!  :jawdrop:


Nancy Pelosi’s filibuster-style speech tops eight hours in bid to force immigration votes

Nancy Pelosi’s eight-hour speech, in three minutes

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Feb. 7 gave a speech on the House floor about “dreamers” that lasted more than eight hours. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)
By Ed O'Keefe, David Weigel and Paul Kane February 7 at 6:27 PM Email the author

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi commandeered the House floor Wednesday for a day-into-night marathon plea to Republicans for action on immigration, casting the fate of young undocumented immigrants in moral terms.

The 77-year-old Pelosi stood for more than eight hours, reading multiple personal stories from “dreamers” and citing Bible passages. Her speech ranked as the longest given by a member of the House of Representatives in at least a century, possibly ever, focusing on an issue that has vexed Democrats for months.

The speech underscored that Democrats lack the leverage they insisted they would have in spending showdowns with Republicans. Pelosi and others repeatedly promised immigration activists and the party base they would force a vote sparing undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation after President Trump rescinded the program in September.

Instead, Democrats’ ineffectiveness has angered those same activists and the voters critical in a midterm election year with control of the House at stake.

Pelosi, who began talking shortly after 10 a.m., sought the same assurances Democrats have gotten in the Senate — the promise of debate on an immigration bill, the one glimmer of hope on an issue that seems to defy resolution.
DACA activists protest at the Capitol: 'We shall not be moved'

Demonstrators gathered on Capitol Hill on Feb. 7 to demand a budget deal that includes an alternative for DACA. (Reuters)

“Why should we in the House be treated in such a humiliating way when the Republican Senate leader has given that opportunity in a bipartisan way to his membership? What’s wrong? There’s something wrong with this picture,” Pelosi said.

Aides to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said that he intends to allow debate on immigration legislation that is supported by Trump. But when the debate might happen — and what kind of bill Trump can support — is still unclear.

Taking advantage of a rule that allows only top party leaders the special right to speak as long as they want, Pelosi had called aides at 7:45 a.m. on her drive to work Wednesday and instructed them to send out an all-member request for stories from dreamers and select Bible verses. By the afternoon, Democrats had submitted hundreds of stories that staffers printed out and rushed to the floor.

Pelosi stood from the podium in four-inch heels and spoke and spoke and spoke.

“I have no intention of yielding back,” she said at 3:41 p.m. when she inquired about the House schedule.

At one point, she lamented that she didn’t have a rosary, so Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.) gave her one. Pelosi read passages from the Gospel of Matthew found for her by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), a former Jesuit missionary.

Pelosi used the speech to say she would lead opposition to a broad two-year budget agreement, negotiated with Republicans by her and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), that includes several Democratic priorities but does not address the legal status of people protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is set to expire next month. The fate of people protected by the program has prolonged the spending debate for several months.

Shortly after 6 p.m., Pelosi finished her remarks that had been delivered entirely standing, as she was forbidden from sitting down or taking a restroom break. Her Democratic colleagues applauded.

Her speech came as her caucus began three days of closed-door meetings to craft a 2018 agenda that can win wider appeal in November’s elections.

Former vice president Joe Biden warned in a speech to House Democrats that the party is engaged in a “false debate” over the fight between defending cultural diversity and fighting for working-class job and wage growth. Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, dozens of dreamers waged sit-ins and protests in congressional office buildings, courting arrest. And moderate Democratic senators seeking reelection in states Trump won in 2016 urged Pelosi to support an impending budget agreement despite concerns with immigration policy.

The contrasts highlighted the Democrats’ 2018 dilemma: how to keep promises to a base that feels under attack from Trump and Republicans while pivoting to an economic message that can help them win back Congress. Trump’s party, confident that January’s brief shutdown revealed the Democrats’ divisions, is eager to run on a growing economy while accusing opponents of putting “illegal immigrants above law-abiding citizens,” as the Republican National Committee said this week.

[Sweeping budget deal would add $400 billion in federal spending, end months of partisan wrangling]

Some moderate Democratic senators found fault with Pelosi’s strategy. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said he would back the budget compromise if the disaster relief funds include provisions to help his state recover from last year’s wildfires.

“There’s some important programs that need to be funded, too,” Tester said. “Would I want it to be all comprehensive? Absolutely. But it’s not going to be all comprehensive. So, take what you can get.”

Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) said approving the compromise deal now will open the path for a wide-open debate next week in the Senate on the DACA program and other immigration proposals — what Democrats should consider a political victory.

“We have a chance to spend a lot of floor time on it, and that’s an opportunity we haven’t had in five years,” Casey said, referencing the last immigration debate in 2013.

Biden, whose political persona has been built around the “Middle Class Joe” moniker, devoted most of his remarks to warning Democrats about the effect of Trump’s attacks on cultural and political institutions.

“Our job, to me, seems pretty clear: We have to stand up for and protect the core values of this nation. They’ve never been under such direct assault,” he said.

“Go out and holler,” he added. “You’re going to win back the House.”

Democrats need to gain at least 24 seats to take control of the House, and nonpartisan forecasters and recent fundraising reports show that they are set to exceed that figure.

But recent polls show growing optimism among voters about a tax-cut bill that recently passed. A new Quinnipiac University poll, released Wednesday, found support for the tax cuts rising from 32 percent in January to 39 percent today, while Trump’s approval had climbed from 36 to 40 percent.

But some Democrats now argue that the party should define and sell its own tax plan in a way that can win voters who are already optimistic about the economy.

“We’ve got to get onto an economic message that’s going to resonate across the board,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who challenged Pelosi for her leadership position in late 2016.

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Ryan said that Democrats should acknowledge that “some people are going to get a little bump” from the Trump tax cut but that under a Democratic plan, “they’d be getting hundreds and hundreds more than under the Republican plan, and we would have been able to pay for it, by asking the wealthy and corporations to pay more.”

For the record, the House Office of the Historian confirmed that Pelosi had delivered the longest continuous speech in the chamber’s history, dating to at least 1909, when then-Rep. Champ Clark (D-Mo.) delivered five hours and 15 minutes of remarks against a proposed tariff overhaul.

But Clark’s speech was repeatedly interrupted by his colleagues; Pelosi held the floor the entire time with no interruption — a feat not accomplished by senators in recent years who delivered filibuster-style remarks, each of whom were able to yield to colleagues.

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Re: Mrs. Pelosi Goes to Washington
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 02:26:06 AM »
...and here's the original with Jimmy Stewart as Mr. Smith...

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Rand Paul Goes to the Mat
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 06:20:25 PM »
Budget Deal not so smooth sailing...

If we get another shutdown, markets will not be pleased 2moro!


Shutdown draws near as Paul delays budget vote
By Jordain Carney - 02/08/18 08:19 PM EST

Shutdown draws near as Paul delays budget vote
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is blocking the Senate from speeding up a budget agreement as Congress lurches closer to a lapse in funding for the federal government.

Both the Senate and House need to pass the two-year budget deal, which includes a stopgap funding bill, by midnight Thursday to prevent the second shutdown in less than a month. But it appears increasingly unlikely they will meet that deadline.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed federal agencies to prepare for a lapse in funding.

The budget package, already under fire in the House, was expected to sail relatively smoothly through the Senate, which is voting first. But Senate leadership ran into an unexpected roadblock Thursday night from Paul, a libertarian-leaning senator.

The Kentucky Republican is demanding a vote on an amendment to keep budget caps in place. If he doesn't get it, he's signaling he'll delay a procedural vote until after the midnight deadline and into early Friday morning.

"What you're seeing is recklessness trying to be passed off as bipartisanship. ...[Leadership is] holding hands, and there's only one bad guy standing in the way. One guy that's going to keep up here until three in the morning," Paul said during a more than hourlong floor speech.

Leadership tried to make a deal with Paul, offering to let him raise a "budget point of order" on the budget caps, rather than a formal amendment. Both would have given him a roll call vote.

But when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried to set up a vote for 6 p.m., Paul objected.

"Well, it’s up to Rand. We’ll vote at 1 a.m. or sooner, whenever he decides for us to move ahead," McConnell told reporters as he left the Capitol when asked if the chamber would be in session all night.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) also pleaded with Paul to agree to let the vote be moved up, noting he could make the budget point of order and get a vote.

"Frankly, there are lots of amendments on my side, and it's hard to make an argument that if one gets an amendment, that everybody else won't want an amendment, and then we'll be here for a very long time," Schumer said.

With a shutdown looming, he added: "We're in risky territory here."

Paul separately blocked two requests by GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) to set up a vote at 8 p.m. on Thursday and two requests by GOP Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) to schedule a vote at 9 p.m.

Under Senate rules, the earliest the chamber can take its first vote on the agreement is 1 a.m. Friday, after the funding deadline, unless every senator agrees to move it up.

The House won't hold a vote on the measure until it is approved by the Senate. A whip update sent out Thursday evening by Rep. Steve Scalise's (R-La.) office said members should "prepare for late night or early morning votes."
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"At this point, we expect next votes in the House to occur at very roughly 3:00-6:00 a.m. However, there is a chance this timing window can move up if the Senate moves quickly," Scalise's office said.

The bill could face a rocky path in the House as leadership tries to lock down the 218 votes needed to pass it.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus, a gang of roughly 30 conservative members, announced that its official position would be to oppose the funding deal.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is expected to need help from House Democrats, who are seeking a commitment for an immigration vote as the shutdown deadline approaches.

After huddling in the Capitol basement Thursday evening, rank-and-file House Democrats appeared to be leaning heavily against supporting the budget deal, citing the absence of a commitment from Ryan to vote on legislation to protect the “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the country illegally as kids.

But Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) estimated that less than 40 Democrats would support the bill without that promise.

“They’re going to get to 175, 180, and they’re going to hit a ceiling,” Butterfield said. “And then Speaker Ryan is going to panic and then he’s got to make a decision whether to shut the vote down and let the government shut down, or make a very benign commitment — and that is to debate the DACA, the Dreamer bill.”

“If he were to call on our leaders in a few minutes and make it crystal clear that he is willing to entertain floor debate on DACA, then I think he’ll get the votes to pass it,” he added.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is urging GOP leaders to cobble together a one-day spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down.

"With only hours to act and avoid another Trump shutdown, I urge Speaker Ryan and Leader McCarthy to bring to the Floor a one-day funding bill to keep the government open,” Hoyer said in a statement.
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, downplayed the chances of a day-long stopgap measure.
"No, I don't think so. We're just going to wait it out," Cornyn told The Hill asked about likelihood of a one-day funding bill.

Paul has downplayed that he is trying to cause a temporary shutdown, but argued that his GOP colleagues are being hypocritical by pushing this bill after decrying deficit hikes under the Obama administration.

"Republicans howled to high heaven that President Obama was sending us into the gutter, spending us into oblivion and now Republicans are doing the same thing," he said.

The Kentucky senator has lambasted the two-year budget agreement, which would increase the budget caps by roughly $300 billion and also raise the debt ceiling through March 2019.

Paul argued that none of his colleagues have been able to fully read the nearly 700-page budget bill, which was filed shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

"I have been asking all day. I have been asking all week for it. We could have literally had dozens of votes today. But we squabble because people don't want to be put on the spot," he said about his push to get an amendment vote.

Graham fired back: "I've read it."

- This story was updated at 9:06 p.m.


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