US News A House filibuster like the one Nancy Pelosi gave hasn’t happened in more than a century

03:26  08 february  2018
03:26  08 february  2018 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) received a standing ovation from Democratic lawmakers on Feb. It's certainly the longest speech in a century . The House more or less banned filibusters in the 1890s, said congressional rules expert Joshua Huder with Georgetown University.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been speaking on the House floor since 10:04 a.m. Eastern and she’s still talking, more than six hours later. She’s speaking to protest inaction on the legislation that protects Dreamers. Her speech isn’ t technically a filibuster even though she’s been talking for

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At 10:04 Wednesday morning, House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took the floor for a one-minute speech — and ended up talking for 8 hours and 10 minutes.

Pelosi now holds the record for the longest speech on the House floor, historians say. It's certainly the longest speech in a century. Technically, she broke the rules by even seizing the floor that long. The House more or less banned filibusters in the 1890s, said congressional rules expert Joshua Huder with Georgetown University.

Filibusters used to be a frequent thing, but a particularly nasty partisan fight changed that. In the 1890s, the majority party was frustrated that the minority party was holding up negotiations by refusing to provide a quorum.

  A House filibuster like the one Nancy Pelosi gave hasn’t happened in more than a century "Minority members would sit there silently not responding to the quorum call,” Huder said. “So they were put in the ledger as not present even though they were standing in the chamber.”

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[WASHINGTON] Top US House Democrat Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday by delivering the longest address to the chamber in at least 108 years, speaking for more than eight hours about protecting young undocumented migrants from deportation.

So the majority party simply changed the rules: no purposefully slowing down debate.

The House is a majority-rule place, so whatever rule the majority wants to pass, it can. Which means minority parties have had to find creative ways to hold up negotiations.

And filibusters have happened since they’ve been more or less banned. In 1909, Champ Clark of Missouri held the floor for 5 hours and 15 minutes to speak against a tariff overhaul, according to the official House historian. But in the purest sense of a filibuster, not even that comes close to what Pelosi did. The historian's office said:

  A House filibuster like the one Nancy Pelosi gave hasn’t happened in more than a century “It’s important to note that although Clark held the floor for the duration, he was repeatedly interrupted during his remarks.”

According to our Post team who was watching Pelosi, she barely took time to unwrap a mint several hours in and was not interrupted once. She kept talking for more than eight hours straight.

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Attention everyone: Nancy Pelosi has something to say, and you better be listening. In response to the threat facing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) come Mar. 5, the deadline president Donald Trump gave for the program, the Democrat House leader is staging a filibuster (of sorts)

And the reason she was allowed to speak at all? Congress gives deference to the leaders of each party, so she and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) each get to speak longer than the one minute allotted other members in a debate. It’s not unusual, in really passionate moments, for these leaders to stretch their one minute to 45.

Pelosi, at 77, may also be one of the oldest lawmakers to conduct such a lengthy filibuster. She’s certainly got to be one of the first — if not the first — doing it while wearing four-inch heels.

a man standing in front of a television: A TV shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) giving a lengthy speech on the House floor during the opening news conference for the 2018 House Democratic Issues Conference on Feb. 7 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Pelosi exercised her power as minority leader and launched a filibuster-like floor speech on Dreamers, and urged Republicans to take action to solve their status before the March 5 deadline President Trump has set for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post A TV shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) giving a lengthy speech on the House floor during the opening news conference for the 2018 House Democratic Issues Conference on Feb. 7 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Pelosi exercised her power as minority leader and launched a filibuster-like floor speech on Dreamers, and urged Republicans to take action to solve their status before the March 5 deadline President Trump has set for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) I asked Huder whether he thought House filibusters are back now. He said no, for the same reason they went away: Republicans are in the majority in the House, so they can just vote to change the rules banning leaders from talking for hours on end.

But as Pelosi underscored today, that hasn’t stopped the minority party, ever since there’s been one, when they are determined to find a way around the rules.

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