By Emily Goodin - 06/26/09 06:53 PM EDT
Pelosi addressed the chamber for two minutes after Republican Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBenghazi Blues If 'bipartisanship' is now a dirty word, how about a rebranding? Cameras go dark during House Democrats' sit-in MORE (Ohio) spent over an hour in the chamber in a filibuster-like speech designed to delay the vote.
Pelosi offered to forgo her time and submit her statement for the written record.
She ended her brief remarks with the "four words" she asked lawmakers to remember the bill would bring: "Jobs, jobs, jobs and jobs. Let's vote for jobs."
Pelosi spent Friday prowling the House floor looking for votes. Some leadership aides said Pelosi and her leadership team had rounded up enough votes to pass the bill with Democratic votes, and would go forward with a vote Friday. Leaders usually don't put a major bill on the floor unless they know they have the votes to pass it.