Conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives have told their Republican leaders a farm bill vote scheduled for Friday should not happen until they are given a chance to consider a bill that would clamp down on immigration.
House GOP leaders have been caught between centrists demanding votes on immigration legislation that would provide protections for "Dreamers", young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, and conservatives who want to vote on a tough immigration bill.
"I've already told them we're going to vote on Goodlatte, so I don't understand the difficulty here", McCarthy told reporters as he left a meeting of GOP leadership Thursday afternoon, referring to the hardline bill led by Virginia Rep. The Freedom Caucus is also now working with moderates on a sort of compromise bill that would stick to President Donald Trump's "four pillars" on an immigration bill: a wall, scaling back family migration, ending the visa lottery program and a fix for immigrants covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
That plan will allow business-first GOP legislators to unite behind the USA Act that will pass with support from 193 Democrats - and also split GOP votes to ensure the failure of pro-American immigration bills.
An immigration enforcement advocate is concerned about an effort in Congress to do an end run to pass a massive amnesty bill and split the Republican Party.
Texas Rep. Bill Flores paraphrased the speaker as telling Republicans in the morning to "quit messing around with the discharge petition" and that it's "not a path to success".
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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee who Democrats plan to target aggressively for defeat this fall in a Hispanic-heavy district, responded "every bit of it's true" when asked if the issue could have repercussions for the party in November if Republicans don't figure out a way to unify around a solution, saying that while he doesn't support the discharge petition it "forces our party to say more forthrightly where we are". "Clearly we have had a positive impact on our leadership and this institution because now this issue is being taken seriously and people are thinking through how something can be achieved".
"I'm supportive of that leverage", Sanford said.
"The next step is figuring out what the next step is", Meadows said.
"Obviously we do not agree with discharge petitions".
"I think it's futile to bring a discharge through which would guarantee nothing goes into law", Mr. Ryan said.
Inside his earlier meeting with the full conference, Ryan mostly spoke in broad strokes about the need to balance border security and other immigration policies, said Michigan Rep. John Moolenaar.