House Democrats face tough choice over budget deal and immigration

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ended an eight-hour filibuster aimed at forcing a House vote on protections for young immigrants known as

The deal, if passed by Congress, would bring an end to months of political turmoil that has already led to one temporary government shutdown.

Pelosi said "a large number" of fellow Democrats are prepared to vote against a short-term spending bill and the massive two-year budget caps deal without a "fix" for DREAMers.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised Senate debate on immigration, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has made no such commitment.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took to the House floor yesterday to speak for over 8 hours in defense of Dreamers, undocumented migrants who arrived in the United States as children.

The previous record for the longest continuous speech was held by Champ Clark, a Missouri congressman who spoke for five hours and 15 minutes in 1909.

The 77 year old democrat delivered her marathon speech standing wearing 4-inch heels and sipping nothing but water.

However, many on the left feel Pelosi's political stunt will only make it more hard for centrist Democrats to vote for a budget deal, Politico reported. "I believe we do". "Meanwhile, in the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is celebrating the deal, calling it "'the best thing we've done' for the middle class and the economy", according to the Associated Press, and noting, "We have reached the budget deal that neither side loves but both sides can be proud of".

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The Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives has broken records with an eight-hour speech on the House floor.

The fate of Dreamers was thrown into jeopardy when the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (Daca) programme. "So we're not going to bring immigration legislation through that the president doesn't support".

"There's all kinds of ways, I assure you, that leadership exercises its influence - the least of which is a floor speech", he told Politico.

There are no filibusters under House rules, but top leaders are allowed unlimited "leader time" and it's not uncommon for Pelosi to be yielded "one minute" but take more than 20 minutes.

"No, I'm just telling people why I'm voting the way I'm voting", Pelosi told reporters.

Despite Pelosi's insistence that she and some other House Democrats wouldn't vote in favor of the budget deal, Ryan believes he has the votes to pass it.

"No, I think that we aren't using all the leverage we have and that's a disappointment and I won't support it", she said.

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