Top Ryan staffer praises Pelosi's endurance after eight-hour speech

Top Ryan staffer praises Pelosi's endurance after eight-hour speech

A top adviser to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanConservatives leery of FBI deal on informant Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — House passes 'right to try' drug bill | Trump moves to restrict abortion referrals Hillicon Valley: Trump claims 'no deal' to help Chinese company ZTE | Congress briefed on election cyber threats | Mueller mystery - Where's indictment for DNC hack? | Zuckerberg faces tough questions in Europe MORE (R-Wis.) tweeted admiration for House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiExclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' Dem targeted by party establishment loses Texas primary Overnight Finance: House sends Dodd-Frank rollbacks to Trump | What's in the bill | Trump says there is 'no deal' to help ZTE | Panel approves bill to toughen foreign investment reviews MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday as she made a record-setting eight-hour speech on the House floor.

Brendan Buck, who serves as Ryan's chief communications adviser, wrote on Twitter that Pelosi deserved "legit props" for her speech in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

"Legit props for the endurance," Buck tweeted late Thursday, hours after Pelosi had resisted calls from Ryan to end her speech.

Buck is one of Ryan's closest aides and has served on the Republican leader's staff since his failed vice presidential run alongside Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThis is how Republicans should shape message to win elections Maybe a Democratic mayor should be president Enforcing Trump's immigration plan will be harder than he thinks MORE in 2012, according to his LinkedIn page.

Other Twitter users also spoke out in support of Pelosi's marathon speech, and the hashtag #GoNancyGo was the top trend in the United States and Washington, D.C., on Twitter for hours on Thursday.


House members cannot filibuster, as the House floor is tightly controlled by the majority. However, three members of House leadership, including the minority leader, have rights to unlimited speaking time on the floor.

On Thursday, Pelosi's lengthy speech in support of DACA recipients set the record for the longest recorded speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, passing the previous record of five hours and 15 minutes set by former Speaker Champ Clark (D-Mo.) in 1909.

"Our 'Dreamers' hang in limbo, with a cruel cloud of fear and uncertainty above them. The Republican moral cowardice must end," the Democratic leader said Thursday, using a term commonly used to refer to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, some of whom are protected under DACA.

"I'm going to go on as long as my leadership minute allows," she added.