Nancy Pelosi Uses The Bible During Her Seven Hour Plus Speech on DACA

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February 07, 2018Feb 07, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been speaking in the House since 10 a.m. ET. Ahead of a shutdown, Pelosi is opposing a spending deal that will lift spending caps because the plan does not address immigration issues.

The House Historian's office told CNN that Pelosi's speech is the longest on record on the House floor, according to their records. As of 5:15 ET, Pelosi was still speaking.

"A source close to the California Democrat told CNN she thought of the idea overnight to speak for hours on the House floor. The source said she's wearing four-inch-heels while delivering the speech and has only been sipping water," reported CNN.

The budget deal, which was proposed by Senate leaders on Wednesday, will require Democratic support to pass the House. The House Democratic leader's comments make the passage of the bill unclear.

Pelosi opposes the spending deal because it doesn't include a permanent solution for undocumented immigrants impacted by DACA. She says she's filibustering in order to push for a chance to vote on a bipartisan DACA bill. She's been reading statements from DACA recipients about themselves and their successes in the US for the past several hours.

"We have to be strong as a country ... to respect the aspirations of people who are our future," Pelosi said on the House floor. "The young people are our future and these dreamers are part of that. They've been enriched ... by the greatness of our country."

She continued: "Our plea to the speaker is for us, for ourselves, to honor the values of our founders."

House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesperson said Ryan has "repeatedly stated" he supports an immigration reform bill including DACA.

"Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill—one that the President supports," AshLee Strong said in a statement.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Pelosi "should not hold our military hostage over a separate issue."

"We've laid out what we would like to see in immigration legislation, and I think it's something Nancy Pelosi should support and hopefully she'll come on board," she said during the White House briefing Wednesday. "We can get this budget deal done and then we can focus on getting this immigration deal done."

Around 7 hours into her speech, Pelosi picked up the Bible and turned to Matthew 25:31-46 to argue that illegal immigrants should be offered a path to citizenship.

She read the passage to support her argument that Christians should support a permanent solution to DACA.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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