In voicing her opposition, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi set the record for the longest continuous speech in House history, an eight-hour effort that included reading letters from Dreamers pleading to be allowed to stay in the United States.
In interviews will almost a dozen House Democrats, many who requested anonymity to speak candidly, several called the speech an attempt by Pelosi to shore up support with the progressive base angry by congressional inaction on Dreamers.
"I am reminded that there are members who come to this great chamber to make speeches, and there are those who come to make laws", the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee continued.
And she did it all while wearing 4-inch high-heels.
But when senior United States Democrat Nancy Pelosi says she stands in support of the so-called Dreamers - illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since they were children - she quite literally puts her words into action.
Pelosi spoke in opposition of a recent Senate deal reached between Democrats and Republicans to fund the government, which did not include any immigration provisions (primarily, legal status for 'Dreamers, ' or those authorized to be legally in the US due to one of President Obama's executive orders).
It includes measures such as raised caps on military spending and extra funds for disaster relief in areas hit by hurricanes & wildfires.
In that context, Pelosi's marathon speech can be viewed as a signal to the progressive base that Democrats aren't quitting on DREAMers.
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When Pelosi finally wrapped up her remarks shortly after 6 p.m., House members responded by giving her a standing ovation. Without a compromise from the Low House speaker Paul Ryan, similar to that one made by the Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, this budget bill will not have my support or that of a large number of our colleagues, Pelosi added.
"All we ask is a permanent solution that does not harm anyone else in our community", Davila said.
But for some members on both ends of her caucus who tuned in, the daylong protest did little to fix the fissure pitting lawmakers against one another on immigration and budget talks.
"I'm hoping to be an elementary third grade teacher", says Guadarrama.
"DACA absolutely changed everything about my life", she said.
Gingrich said the Democrats are so hell bent on opposing Trump, they will reject any deal he offers - even when the proposal is good for both parities.
If passed, the bill would prevent a government shutdown that's scheduled for Thursday at midnight if Congress isn't able to pass a funding deal in time. "Give us a chance to have a vote on the floor".
Senate Democrats appear to have little appetite for another shutdown, but on Tuesday Trump said he would welcome another shutdown if they refused to yield to his hardline demands on immigration.