United States Democratic party leader Nancy Pelosi in the US House of Representatives delivered a record-breaking filibuster-style speech for eight hours in hopes of pressing the Republicans to consider a vote on protecting immigration programme, commonly known as ‘Dreamers’ scheme. In the process Pelosi surpassed previous held world record on speeches widely attributed to Krishna Menon, who addressed the United Nations on January 23, 1957 for an unprecedented seven hours forty-eight minutes on Kashmir issue. Pelosi, 77, began her speech on immigrants issue at 10:04 am and forgoing any breaks stood in the House of Representatives for eight hours seven minutes ending her filibuster at 6:11 pm. Pelosi with this speech eclipsed the previous-held record of five hour fifteen minutes about a tariff remodelling delivered in 1909 by a Missouri House member.
The second longest speech at the UN General Assembly was of Fidel Castro on ‘Denouncement of Imperialism and Colonialism’ for four and a half hours on September 26, 1960. According to House rules, a person can extend their one-minute speech time indefinitely if the person does not sit or take a break. Pelosi only had a red nose and was sniffing at it due to dust allergy from House carpeting. Pelosi only took a sip of water intermittently and stood on four inch heels for eight hours at a stretch to deliver the speech on Obama-era DACA. Pelosi pulled out notes and stories of immigrants and their fears of being deported after President Trump announced to repeal the programme that gave temporary shelter to millions of youths who entered US illegally.
Pelosi invoked emotion in her speech as California, where she belongs, constitutes heavy immigrant sections and 80 per cent are inclined towards the Democratic party.