From 10AM to 6PM Eastern, Congresswoman Pelosi extended the House-termed “leadership minute” into multiple hours with personal accounts of Dreamers who entered this country as children of undocumented parents.
As Congress balks and stalls on a deal that would give legal status to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Representative Pelosi strongly maintains that a bill which securely keeps the Dreamers in the country be brought to the House floor.
The full matter at stake is Congress’ need to agree on a spending deal that will finance the national government. Many issues currently block a provision towards government funding. One of these issues is DACA. Minority Leader Pelosi says she will not support a spending deal without House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI 1st District) bringing DACA legislation to the House floor.
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has already agreed to let DACA legislation come to the Senate upper chamber, leaving House Speaker Ryan as the primary resister to a vote that would possibly make DACA a law.
The current DACA program is set to end this year in March.
For more on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s speech supporting Dreamers, see MarketWatch: Pelosi stages marathon 8-hour protest on House floor for Dreamers, the source of this information.