Maxine Waters: Pelosi’s speech one of ‘most profound’ moments in history of Congress

Maxine Waters: Pelosi’s speech one of ‘most profound’ moments in history of Congress
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Democratic Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersKavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report Scalise: Democrats need to denounce political violence Women wield sizable power in ‘Me Too’ midterms MORE (Calif.) praised House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Pelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor MORE (D-Calif.) after her eight-hour speech on the House floor in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients Wednesday.

In comments to reporters published by the Washington Examiner, the California Democrat said Pelosi's marathon speech, borne using a House procedure called the "leadership minute," was one of the most profound in the history of Congress.

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"We've had the opportunity to yield time to Leader Pelosi, and while she certainly came in to oppose this bill that we have before us, having yielded one minute to the leader is the most profound one minute probably in the history of this institution," Waters said.

Pelosi's use of the "leadership minute" delayed a vote on the Mortgage Choice Act in protest of Republican plans to vote on a budget without guaranteeing a vote to restore legislative protection to DACA recipients, who face a March 5 deadline for deportation protections to start ending.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE announced last year that he would allow the Obama-era program to expire, throwing millions of immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into potential risk of deportation.

"That one minute ended up eight hours where Leader Pelosi talked about the plight of DACA and the Dreamers," Waters said Wednesday.

"And I'm very proud in that yielding that one minute we had the opportunity to listen to Leader Pelosi deal with an issue and demand that we have an opportunity to have a real debate and a real discussion in the People's House," she added.

Pelosi spoke for eight hours in front of Congress in what became the longest speech before the House on record, breaking the previous record set by House 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," she said Wednesday, 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.