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    McCarthy Dismisses Push For Vote On Immigration Bills

    McCarthy dismisses push for vote on immigration bills


    April 19, 2018


    BY RAFAEL BERNAL AND JULIEGRACE BRUFKE


    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday dismissed a bipartisan proposal to vote on four immigration bills at once, despite growing support among the GOP's rank-and-file for a vote.


    Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) has rounded up 49 Republicans to support what's known as a "Queen of the Hill" rule, a proposal to consider several bills at once.


    By teaming up with 190 Democrats recruited to support the measure by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), the Republicans could force a vote without leadership's consent.



    Forcing the vote, using what's known as a discharge petition, would amount to a challenge to leadership. Still, it's one that more and more supporters of immigration reform seem to be comfortable with.


    While Denham said he has the numbers for a discharge petition, he's expressed reluctance to commit to filing the motion.


    "It is [Speaker] Paul Ryan's [R-Wis.] decision today to bring this bill to the floor," said Denham.

    Still, leadership is dismissing the notion altogether.
    "I don't believe discharge petitions are the way to legislate," McCarthy told The Hill. "I don't believe members in the conference believe that, either."

    Ryan dismissed Denham's entire plan Tuesday, saying its end result would be a bill likely to be vetoed by President Trump.


    Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, opposes Denham's plan and has support for the bill from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). Meadows warned that inaction from leadership could result in a successful discharge petition.


    "[Denham's] got 50 co-sponsors, so they would have to convince more than half of those to not sign on to a discharge," he said.


    Denham, who presented the strategy on Wednesday flanked by Aguilar and Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Will Hurd (R-Texas), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.), dismissed Ryan's concerns about a Trump veto, saying few bipartisan measures have such widespread support.


    "You should not need to force a vote or have a discharge petition or have a protest out in the front yard when you have 250-plus people that are continuing to sign on," said Denham. "So this growing number, we think, will not only show the Speaker but will show the president that this is what the people's House wants to do."


    At issue is legislation to restore protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump ended in September.


    After a flurry of legislative attempts, Congress essentially gave up on DACA after the courts put a stay on Trump's rescission of the program, allowing its 690,000 recipients to keep their benefits: work permits and protection for deportation.

    During that legislative whirlwind, four rough proposals to deal with the future of so-called Dreamers - DACA recipients and other immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors - were considered.


    Under Denham's rule, those four proposals would be voted on at the same time on the House floor, and whichever idea received the most votes over 218 would be sent to the Senate.


    Under "Queen of the Hill," slots are assigned to specific legislators to propose their own bills.

    The slots in Denham's rule are for Goodlatte, who is expected to propose a conservative measure that would grant temporary protection to DACA recipients in exchange for cuts to the legal immigration system; Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), a co-sponsor of the Dream Act, which would grant a path to citizenship to roughly 1.8 million Dreamers; Ryan, who's expected to propose a bill akin to a four-pillar White House proposal; and Denham, who has said he'll propose the USA Act, a bipartisan measure that ties the Dream Act to extensive border security measures.

    The array of options has not been enough to convince Ryan or McCarthy, who've pledged to support Goodlatte's proposal, that a Queen of the Hill strategy is the path forward.


    But for some House conservatives, it's an understandable strategy - if not one they'll sign on to.


    "Jeff Denham is representing the 750,000 people he's got the privilege of representing, and he believes he needs to have a vote that deals with DACA," said Meadows.


    "I can't criticize that. Even though it may not be my path, it's certainly to be applauded," he added.

    Still, Ryan's stuck to his support for the Goodlatte bill and to laying blame on Democrats, who declined in March an offer from the White House that would extend DACA until 2020 in exchange for $25 billion in border security funding.

    "Republicans made three good-faith offers during the omnibus negotiations and Democrats declined all of them. We continue to work to find the support for a solution that addresses both border security and DACA," said AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan.


    That's started to wear at the patience of Republicans who favor immigration legislation, particularly those from Latino-heavy districts or suburban districts where a DACA solution has polled well.


    Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), who in December led 34 House Republicans in writing a letter to Ryan asking for quick action on the matter, said he's still working to move legislation forward without forcing a vote.


    Asked if a discharge petition was the next step, Newhouse said, "I'm getting close to the point where I think we have to get this done and Congress has to work this through."


    "This is almost a last-ditch effort, which we may be getting close to that, but I'm not sure we are yet. But if that's an option to have it available, I'm OK with that," he added.


    Newhouse has not signed on to Denham's resolution, although he supports it, because he is a member of the Rules Committee.


    Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.), who's signed on to Denham's resolution, said he doesn't yet support a discharge petition, but criticized leadership for using a potential presidential veto as an argument not to consider Denham's proposal.


    "I don't think that we should operate like that, in terms of what we think the president may or may not do," said Taylor.


    "I know that [Ryan] said that before. Respectfully, I'm not sure if I'd agree with that," he added.


    http://thehill.com/latino/384022-mcc...mpression=true
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    Good!

    No votes on any amnesty bills.
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    Very disappointing to know that Mark Meadows of the Freedom Caucus celebrates California Rep. Jeff Denham standing up for amnesty because it supposedly pleases his district. What about the best for the nation, the citizenry, the Republican Party, the future of the United States of America.

    Republicans are increasingly giving away their party and the country to stand with democrats, globalists, America hating peoples and nations as they cry for amnesty and do little to strengthen immigration laws or to secure borders.
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    Everyone is trying to unite and avoid a debacle. It's an election year, a crucial one. We need to hold the line without alienating or harming anyone. We have to get through these midterms and hold on to the majority in both chambers or our goose is cooked in so far as our issue is concerned, along with many others. It's a snake pit right now, but we have to win the midterms, by all means necessary, whatever it takes. I hope people understand how important holding on to these majorities is right now. Crucial, i. e. Make or Break on our issue and every other one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Everyone is trying to unite and avoid a debacle. It's an election year, a crucial one. We need to hold the line without alienating or harming anyone. We have to get through these midterms and hold on to the majority in both chambers or our goose is cooked in so far as our issue is concerned, along with many others. It's a snake pit right now, but we have to win the midterms, by all means necessary, whatever it takes. I hope people understand how important holding on to these majorities is right now. Crucial, i. e. Make or Break on our issue and every other one.

    I do understand the crucial situation Judy. Republicans have come to this day by not standing with the American people for decades on the huge threat from illegal immigration and the power it has given to many, They did not secure the borders or seriously crack down on illegal immigration when opportunities arose. We are just letting the flood continue.

    I hope republicans can pull through but they have put us all in a terrible situation. We have been warning them for years.
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    We haven't had a President who would fight for us since Richard Nixon (yes, I know how ironic that is, but it's true). We do now, so we have to get the Republicans re-elected and try to pick up some seats in the Senate so Trump can figure out these quagmires on trade and immigration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    We haven't had a President who would fight for us since Richard Nixon (yes, I know how ironic that is, but it's true). We do now, so we have to get the Republicans re-elected and try to pick up some seats in the Senate so Trump can figure out these quagmires on trade and immigration.
    The time for making excuses and defending the Republicans for their piss poor dealings with illegal immigration and border security is over. We need to start holding their feet to the fire now! The American people gave them a Republican President and House & Senate majority and they're just crapping it away! It'll be no surprise to see us lose the House or Senate because they have failed the American people miserably on immigration. At the very least the Republican controlled Congress could be pushing through bills to get folks on record for where they actually stand and to publicly reveal where the Democrats are on the issue. People are losing heart and that may very well be reflected in the voter booth later this year.

    For the record, Trump "the great negotiator" has not been blame free in their failures.

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    Good luck with that.
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