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House Republicans in the middle of an immigration nightmare

18 May 2018, 04:10 | Opal Carroll

GOP fights over crucial farm bill as lawmakers demand immigration vote first

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta R-Pa. smiles as he talks with reporters after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York

The group of hard-right conservatives is using the farm bill as leverage for an immigration debate on the House floor in hopes of firming up support from their core voters in the run-up to the November 6 congressional elections. We're not sure what that deal would look like, since Republicans have whiffed on immigration for almost a decade. "We think they're a big mistake".

Similarly, the leader of the moderate effort to force the DACA vote, California Rep. Jeff Denham, said his group was still full steam ahead - though he declined to directly answer whether leadership had made a commitment or promise to his side of the equation about a path forward. Twenty Republicans had signed as of just before noon on Thursday, and if they can get to 25 signatures, combined with all Democrats in the chamber, they can force their Dreamer bill to the floor over Mr. Ryan's objections.

Home Republican leaders have labored for months to advance the Goodlatte invoice, however concede they're far wanting 218 Republican votes wanted to ship it to the Senate.

"That's why we met with the president, to advance a strategy that addresses the issues that our members have, the concerns they have, but doing it in a way where we actually have a process that can get a presidential signature, and not a presidential veto", Ryan said.

Ryan acknowledged that members of the GOP majority "fall into different camps" on immigration - but he said they want a solution on DACA and border security. "And we're working with our members on that".

In spite of that, the number of GOP signatories to the discharge petition grew to 20 on Wednesday, with a number of Democrats joining them on Thursday. "Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.", as well as the "USA Act of 2018", fronted by Reps.

During a party-wide meeting Wednesday morning, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., dressed down the moderate rebels.

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Ryan would also be able to choose any other single piece of legislation to plug the fourth slot in the Queen of the Hill approach.

Beneath Queen of the Hill guidelines, if a couple of various obtains a majority, the victor is the one which receives the best variety of votes. It is unclear if any of the competing measures would garner a majority.

Under the Goodlatte-McCaul bill, immigrants brought to the United States illegally who are shielded from deportation under the Obama-era DACA program could have their protections renewed for three-year periods, but would not have a pathway to citizenship.

Republican leaders have discussed scheduling House votes on two immigration bills, two GOP lawmakers said Thursday, a move they hope would resolve an internal battle over an issue that threatens to worsen party divisions as the election season heats up. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, in exchange for their support of the farm bill, which is expected to pass on Friday, approving billions in farm subsidies and nutrition programs including food stamps.

Sources tell Fox News that the House Republican leadership intends to offer the Freedom Caucus a date in June on which to consider the Goodlatte bill.

Meadows told The Hill that if this gambit succeeded, it would nullify the discharge petition that also includes the Goodlate bill.



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