Pelosi Gets Most Out of ‘Magic Minute’ in Record-Setting Speech for DACA


There is no such thing as a filibuster in the House of Representatives.

But there is a “magic minute.”

The “magic minute” isn’t a rule. It’s a special privilege spanning longer than 60 seconds afforded to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and other top leaders to speak on the floor for as long as they wish.

A key difference between the House and Senate is the Senate features unlimited debate. That leads to actual filibusters which impair legislative action. Floor time in the House is controlled. It must be. After all, you’re dealing with 435 members compared to 100 in the Senate. So time is …

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