House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mounted a faux filibuster on shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday and continued to speak on the House floor for several hours on behalf of Dreamers.
House members, unlike Senators, cannot filibuster. However, House leaders may speak for as long as they want.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she was demanding a promise from House Speaker Paul Ryan to hold votes on an immigration deal to protect so-called Dreamers, immigrants who where brought to the U.S. at a young age by their parents.
President Obama signed an executive order to protect Dreamers under a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Last year, President Trump announced he would rescind protections under DACA prompting lawmakers to come up with a legislative solution. The program will end on March 5.
Pelosi read countless stories from Dreamers who aspire to become U.S. citizens, all while wearing 4-inch stilettos. She had no food or bathroom breaks, but an aide said she did have some water to sip on.
The move by Pelosi threatens to hold up a bipartisan budget deal reached by Senators on Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced they had reached a bipartisan deal to fund the government for 2-years, ending months of partisan bickering in Congress.
It's unclear how long Pelosi plans to speak, but she has said she wants Ryan to give the House a promise to hold a vote on immigration, like McConnell did on Tuesday.
McConnell has said if Congress can keep the government open he will open the Senate floor for debate on immigration.
Ryan has said he will not bring an immigration bill to the floor for a vote if unless it has support from President Trump, who has insisted an immigration deal must include funding for a border wall.
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