Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, took the House floor at 10:04 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, intent on speaking about the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.
Eight hours and seven minutes later, she quit talking. Her marathon monologue -- highly unusual for the House, which has no equivalent to the Senate filibuster -- appears to have set the record for the longest continuous speech in the chamber, dating to at least 1909, according to the House historian.
Ms. Pelosi's speech came as Republicans were scrambling to pass legislation to keep the government open.
Ms. Pelosi has said she will not vote for the measure. She was protesting its lack of protection for the Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and have been shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era initiative that President Trump has suspended.
Ms. Pelosi's talk was quickly called the "DACA-Buster" on Twitter. (Twitter users also noted, in admiration, that Ms. Pelosi never removed her four-inch heels.)
In holding the floor for more than eight hours, Ms. Pelosi took advantage of the House's so-called magic-minute rule, which permits the majority leader, the minority leader and the House speaker to talk as long as they like. According to the House historian, she beat a record set by Representative Champ Clark of Missouri, who spoke for 5 hours and 15 minutes in 1909 to protest a tariff overhaul.
Ms. Pelosi read heart-rending testimonies from Dreamers who had written their representatives about their lives. There was Andrea Seabra, who is serving in the Air Force, and whose father was a member of the Peruvian Air Force. There was Carlos Gonzalez, who once worked as an aide to former Representative Michael M. Honda, Democrat of California. And there was Al Okere, whose father was killed by the Nigerian police after articles he wrote criticizing the Nigerian government appeared in a newspaper.
At one point, perhaps running out of stories, Ms. Pelosi suggested she might turn to the Bible. "Perhaps I should bring my rosary, blessed by the pope," she said.
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LOL, no worries.
The biggest part of this story isn't that she defended the Dreamers or set a record, but that she was sending a strong message to her caucus that she isn't going anywhere and is strong enough to keep her hold on the Speakership next year.
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