Nancy Pelosi Sets Record With 8-Hour Marathon Filibuster

Pelosi spoke for over eight hours straight yesterday to try to protect the rights of Dreamers and avoid a government shutdown.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi filibustered yesterday for over eight hours on behalf of DACA. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects children who entered or stayed in the country illegally by allowing them to not be deported and to receive a work permit. Children who benefit from DACA are called Dreamers.

Immigration rights have been in limbo during the time of the Trump Administration.

Democrats and Republicans are struggling to create a bill that both of them approve of. Pelosi filibustered because she does not approve of the recent budget deal — which would prevent a government shutdown, but does not address immigration issues. A government shutdown happens when there is not full approval on the federal budget for the upcoming year. The last government shutdown happened about three weeks ago.

Nancy Pelosi’s speech is the longest on record on the House Floor, according to the House Historian Office.

The previous record was just over five hours. According to CNN, Pelosi was wearing four-inch heels while delivering the speech and only sipped water. In the past, Pelosi has been asked if she’s ‘too old’ to lead and if she should step down. When was the last time you saw a 70+ year old male representative filibuster for an entire day in heels?

Pelosi started speaking a little after 10 a.m. and ended around 6:10 p.m. EST.

On Twitter throughout the day, people started tweeting with the hashtag ‘GoNancyGo’ to cheer her on. “I have had the privilege of reading the testimony from Dreamers, I still have more,” she said at the end of her speech, receiving applause. “I thank all of you.”

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