Instead, she took advantage of the magic-minute rule that allows the majority leaders of each party and the speaker to talk as long as they'd like.
Seven hours into Pelosi's speech, the clearest signs of weariness were an occasional quiver in her voice, a stumble over her words and a case of the sniffles. "I wonder what that was?"
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi staged a marathon, daylong filibuster in an attempt to force a House vote on protections for the "Dreamer" immigrants and to prove to an increasingly angry wing of progressives and activists that she has done all she could.
"Without that commitment from Speaker Ryan, comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus".
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. Though unusual, it seemed to have worked in delaying the budget bill, which will fund the government for the next two years.
The measure would not provide a fix for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children. Jeff Flake is proposing a three-year DACA extension tied to three years of border security funding.
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McConnell had previously agreed to allow a debate on immigration in the Senate.
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Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said it was unclear how long Pelosi would go on for, but she had water to keep her hydrated.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi read letters from "Dreamer" immigrants whose protection from deportation ends next month. He's now a sophomore at Harvard majoring in computer science, Pelosi said, and he's paying for his education by working as a web developer.
As she closed in on the fifth hour, Pelosi began wiping her nose and joked that she expected to get hungry or thirsty, not sniffly from the dust on the floor. "They are a blessing".
Evangelista was brought to Santa Barbara, Calif. from Mexico by his mother when he was 2 years old. Alvarado recently finished law school and passed the IL bar. Many had gone on to top universities and some had even received law degrees and were practicing members of state bars. After Pelosi told colleagues they were free to attend a speech by former Vice President Joe Biden, they responded by saying, "We want to see you", according to a tweet from C-SPAN. And that's not something that Republicans want to do because they said they would protect these people.
But earlier Thursday, Pelosi called it a "good bill" and said she "fought very hard for numerous things that are in there", even as she said she wouldn't vote for it. "There's no guarantee. We'll have the debate".