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Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters in late January

Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters in late January

After a brief shutdown last night, Congress passed another temporary budget resolution to fund the federal government through March 23.

"I just got word that the historian confirms you have now set the record for the longest continuous speech in the House since at least 1909", Pelosi said on the floor. Between 10am and 6.10pm, the 77-year-old Democratic leader in the House of Representatives stood in 4-inch heels, reading heart-wrenching letters from high-achieving young immigrants and quoting from the Bible and Pope Francis.

"This is not an issue that's going to go away", Pelosi said in her speech.

She used her unlimited, "magic" minute, available in the House only to party leaders, to speak for eight hours, reading story after emotional story about DREAMers who aspire to become US citizens.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will only bring an immigration bill to the floor on the condition it can be signed into law by Trump.

"I hope I hear Nancy Pelosi... as vigorously opposing Democrats colluding with Republicans to deport Dreamers", he said, adding that it is imperative for Democrats like Pelosi to maintain their "political principles".

"DACA absolutely changed everything about my life", she said.

To the dismay of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, I received my "crumbs": A $90 increase in my pension check on January 31. She began speaking at about 10 a.m.

A source told CNN that Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer worked on the spending deal for weeks - and didn't include any other House Democrats in negotiations - and then she turned around and rejected it.

She wants them protected as part of a budget deal being agreed this week.

Pelosi also pledged to oppose a two-year spending deal announced by Senate leaders on Wednesday because it does not address protections for Dreamers.

"Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy noted that Pelosi "was essentially filibustering something that she was in on negotiating".

The ranking Democrat easily broke the record for the longest speech in the history of the House. On February 8th, as the House prepared to vote on the bill, she said she would not push Democrats to vote against it. After failing to force a government shutdown before Christmas, advocates from a variety of groups, including United We Dream, The Center for Popular Democracy, and Make The Road, managed to convince Senate Democrats to do so in January.

Her talk was quickly dubbed the DACA-Buster on Twitter. Guess what? In order to shift our focus on get on to the next big priority, which is a DACA solution, we've got to get this budget agreement done so that we can go and focus on this, ' he said.

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