Pelosi: I Urge House Dems To Keep Government Shutdown [VIDEO]

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged her Democratic colleagues in the House to vote against the conference bill that would keep the government funded through Feb. 8.

I urge a ‘no’ vote and I yield back the balance of my time,” Pelosi said on the House floor Monday evening minutes before members were scheduled to vote on a continuing resolution to reopen the government. 

“We have not yet protected our courageous young DREAMers. Not only should we protect them, we should embrace them, value them, and we should be grateful for the inspiration they are to America,” Pelosi said.

“This is about meeting the needs of the American people. It is also about honoring the values that have made our nation a beacon to the world,” she added. “Today, we end the trump shutdown, but it does not diminish our leverage or our determination on the Democratic side to meet the needs of the American people. Democrats are united in our determination to get the job done. We are unified for a better deal, better jobs, better pay, and a better future.”

Senate Democrats shut down the government over the weekend in an effort to get Republican leadership to cave and include legal protections for DREAMers and members of their families into the continuing resolution. (RELATED: Watch Illegal Immigrants Rage At The Capitol)

The Senate passed a bill to keep the government funded through early February Monday afternoon, putting a swift end to a three-day shutdown that left hundreds of thousands of government employees without pay.

The bill keeps the government funded through Feb. 8, and provides six years of funding for roughly nine million children’s health insurance and addresses a number of Obamacare taxes.

House lawmakers scheduled a vote on the Senate bill Monday evening.

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