Pelosi, speaking on the House floor, used her right as minority leader to speak for as long as she wanted to make her case. The speech appeared to be in protest over Congress continuing not to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that will expire next month.
The minority leader began speaking shortly after 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday. As of 4:30 p.m. ET she had not finished speaking.
“I have no intention of yielding back, Mr. Speaker,” she said around 3:50 p.m. ET. “I have a lot more.”
"I have no intention of yielding back, Mr. Speaker. I have a lot more," House Minority Leader Pelosi says more than 5 hours into her speech on DACA and Dreamers pic.twitter.com/lqeoZHTDQK
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 7, 2018
Pelosi reportedly read statements from people who were brought into the country illegally as children—typically touching on how DACA has helped them and the accomplishments of dreamers.
During the last government shutdown earlier this year, Democrats were able to get Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to agree to debate immigration legislation in exchange for agreeing to a short-term spending bill.
On Tuesday, Trump said he would “love” to see another government shutdown if Congress did not agree to his immigration priorities–including building a wall on the country’s southern border.