After 108 yrs, Nancy Pelosi gives longest US House speech

AFP
Published Feb 9, 2018, 12:46 am IST
Updated Feb 9, 2018, 12:46 am IST
Speaking for more than eight hours about protecting young undocumented migrants from deportation.
US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media after her speech which lasted for more than eight hours. (Photo:AFP)
 US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media after her speech which lasted for more than eight hours. (Photo:AFP)

Washington: Top US House Democrat Nancy Pelosi made history on Thursday 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. The veteran California Democrat, who turns 78 next month, took the floor at 10.04 am and began to speak. And she kept speaking. And speaking. And speaking.

Eight hours and seven minutes later, at 6.11 pm, she relinquished the floor — an entire day at her desk in four-inch heels and consuming nothing but water, according to an aide. It was a remarkable display of determination by the minority leader and former speaker of the House. “I just got word that the House historian confirms that you have now set the record for the longest continuous speech in the House since at least 1909,” said Pelosi, reading aloud a message from a clerk. 

 

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