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Nancy Pelosi chases colleague across House Chamber

Nancy Pelosi broke protocol and followed Congressman Tom Marino to the Republican side of the House Chamber in response to accusations made by Marino about her leadership when she was  the House Speaker.
Nancy Pelosi broke protocol and followed Congressman Tom Marino to the Republican side of the House Chamber in response to accusations made by Marino about her leadership when she was the House Speaker.
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Former House Speaker and current Member of Congress Nancy Pelosi (D,Ca) chased Republican colleague Tom Marino across the House Chamber to the Republican aisle in response to comments he made about her performance during her tenure as Speaker, according to ABC News on Saturday. Marino stated that the Democrats in the House, including Pelosi, are blaming Republicans for their inaction pertaining to the border crisis when, in fact, they had the House, the Senate and the White House a few years ago. According to Marino, the Democrats did not manage to pass any substantive legislation addressing the border crisis when they were in power. Marino attributed the lack of action among Democrats to weakness. He stated that now they (Democrats) "are trying to make a political issue out of it." (the unresolved border crisis).

Pelosi, offended by Marino's comments, started to walk towards him while gesturing at him with her finger. Marino then stated that he had done research on the matter and that his comments were true. Marino then challenged Pelosi to do research on the matter for herself:

“Yes it is true. I did the research on it. You might want to try it. You might want to try it, Madam Leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That’s one thing that you don’t do.”

Pelosi then started to follow Marino up the Republican aisle of the House Chamber, gesturing at him and making comments to him "Off Mic". As Pelosi was walking up the aisle, Republican members of Congress began to assemble around Pelosi, in an apparent demonstration of support for Marino.

Pelosi then returned to the Democratic aisle of the House Chamber and Republicans then immediately passed the $694 million Supplemental Border Act which allocates funds to provide additional security at the border. The act also is intended to block the arrival of children from Central America who are seeking refuge in the United States from despotic living conditions in their native countries.

Later Pelosi spokesperson Evangeline George explained that Pelosi only was intending to remind Marino that the Democrats had passed The Dream Act and that it had required courage to do so. George then stated that Pelosi had accepted Marino's apology for his comments on the House floor. However, Marino spokesperson Bill Tighe stated that Marino had not apologized to Pelosi:

“[Rep. Marino] did not apologize to Leader Pelosi and does not intend to do so as he has nothing to apologize for. She was entirely out of line in approaching him while he was recognized and delivering remarks on the Floor."

Marino then told his side of the story on Twitter. In the meantime, the border crisis remains a pivotal political matter with flaring emotions on both sides.