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Paul Ryan says not to doubt his 'real commitment' to DACA

11 February 2018

Having originally refused to agree to any spending deal until there was a legislative fix for DACA, Mrs Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, enraged the Democrats' progressive caucuses when they abandoned that strategy in January.

Without taking any restroom or meal breaks, and with only occasional sips of water as her voice became strained, Pelosi concluded her speech still standing at 6:11 p.m. EST.

"This is not an issue that's going to go away", Pelosi said in her speech.

"We have so many testimonies, real testimony in the words of the dreamers, as I said, the most eloquent of all", Pelosi said.

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Gutierrez added that he was thankful for Pelosi's speech in support of immigrants protected by the soon-to-expire Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and her demand to give their plight a vote but that he was not sure what the outcome would be in a formal caucus meeting.

"Yet our Dreamers hang in limbo with a cruel cloud of fear uncertainty above them".

"As members of Congress, we have a moral responsibility to act now to protect Dreamers who are the pride of our nation and are American in every way but on paper".

Where was this urgency when she was Speaker of the House? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given Senate Democrats a similar promise, reiterating that he will ensure a "level playing field" for all sides of the immigration debate when the chamber takes up the issue next week. So maybe it's time to get rid of it?

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While Pelosi held the floor for hours, it wasn't a filibuster. Whether you like President Trump or not, he is trying to do what's best for all of us. "Guess what? In order to shift our focus and get on to the next big priority, which is a DACA solution, we gotta get this budget agreement done, so we can go and focus on this".

At the same time, McConnell was on the floor, House Speaker Paul Ryan was telling his members behind closed doors that the agreement has been reached, according to a member in the room.

Boehner's roughly one hour speech was dubbed a "fila-Boehner".

And if the Republican majority in the House can not pass this bill on its own, then the GOP will have to make the choice to either provide the necessary assurances that the House will debate legislation dealing with Dreamers or allow the government to shut down once again and let the voters decide who is to blame. GOP opposition to the plan was credited with helping to start the Tea Party movement. Party leaders are allowed to use their typical one-minute addresses to the House to speak as long as they wish.

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Paul Ryan says not to doubt his 'real commitment' to DACA