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Report: Some Democrats Angry at Nancy Pelosi Filibuster ‘Stunt’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) set a new record for the longest speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, when she spoke for eight hours and seven minutes on behalf of “Dreamers.”
But Politico’s Heather Caygle reports that many Democrats in her caucus are privately irritated by what they are calling a “stunt” that did nothing for illegal aliens, while handing Republicans an issue to attack them with in November.

Caygle writes:

In interviews will [sic] nearly a dozen House Democrats, many who requested anonymity to speak candidly, several called the speech an attempt by Pelosi to shore up support with the progressive base angry by congressional inaction on Dreamers.

“I’m not sure it was a net positive or a net negative. It was probably neutral,” said one Hispanic lawmaker.

“This stunt … had nothing to do with protecting vulnerable members who have to take a difficult vote,” said one moderate lawmaker who asked not to be named. “Working out this deal and then saying she’s not going to vote for it? Come on. She was at the table.”

All House Democrats are supportive of Dreamers. But several members, particularly centrists, are wary of using the immigration issue as a campaign cudgel, worried it could derail Democrats’ chances of taking back the House.

Some Democrats, Caygle notes, were openly supportive of Pelosi’s stand, even if it was only symbolic. But some, like Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), who is retiring after this year, were not shy to criticize her. “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.

The House Minority Leaders’s speech put her formally at odds with Democrats in the Senate, who had just agreed to the budget deal that Pelosi blasted from the House floor because it did not include provisions on immigration.

Pelosi also managed to muddle the party’s immigration message. After praising the “Dreamers” — those brought to the country as children through “no fault of their own” — Pelosi thanked their parents for breaking immigration law.

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  1. betz

    February 9, 2018 at 6:35 am

    dump Pelosi off in Mexico…let her be a dreamer there…

  2. Mary E. Wambach

    February 9, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Dos damned Dems – just can’t stop fighting to keep people who are working, being educated and contributing to society in the U.S.

  3. LaTxGuy

    February 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    One of the richest politicians out there crying for the illegals while seeing that her votes might not be counted .

  4. Karen Maples

    February 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Nancy Pelosi will say anything to keep her resist movement going. She was stumbling over words and that stupid little story she obviously made up. As she stood there, this was an embarrassing moment for a lot of people sitting behind her, one man looked annoyed and embarrassed to be there when she said that stuff about my grandson’s birthday wish. I thought OMG is she really saying that, what a idiot. She needs to go. she is out of touch with reality!!!!!!!!!

  5. Linda Lewis

    February 9, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Does this mental defective not realize what an embarrassment she is to her party? WHY do they allow her to get away with stunts such as this? She needs to resign! NOW!

  6. Betsy Cox

    February 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    She needs to be thrown out of office. She doesnt know what she is doimg to we the people. She has marbles for brains and they are rolling around in her head and she cant remember the Presidents name The person who fell asleep during her speech is forgiven by me speaking on and on would put the devil to sleep

  7. paulette

    February 9, 2018 at 5:43 pm


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