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GOP leaders warn against immigration roll calls

GOP leaders warn against immigration roll calls

"We don't have an impending deadline for the farm bill", he said.

Ryan said he's working on an alternative with Trump, who made immigration and building a wall on the border with Mexico a central part of his 2016 campaign.

Home Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out towards the transfer once more this week, calling it a "massive mistake" after assembly privately with Home Republicans on Wednesday. Conservatives have been demanding a vote on that measure, which GOP leaders say would be defeated.

Meadows said he's got "more than enough" conservative votes to kill the farm bill but declined to say how numerous 30-plus Freedom Caucus members were prepared to oppose the measure.

It's unclear, though, if the plan will work and come together in time to save the farm bill that leadership is pushing to pass on Friday. The food stamp program is officially known as SNAP, for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Ryan said earlier Thursday that there was no "specific" immigration legislation that that could pass the House at this time.




With most Democrats expected to oppose the measure, GOP leaders can't lose too many of their own Republican troops or the farm bill will fail. Some conservatives have threatened to oppose it unless leaders allow a vote on the hard-line immigration legislation that conservatives favor.

The measure also would eliminate the visa lottery for people from countries with few USA immigrants, require employers to use E-Verify systems to confirm workers' citizenship, and cut grants to so-called "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with federal immigration crackdowns. He says farmers "want us to deal with immigration and the farm bill both". They have have been in limbo ever since President Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program previous year. Meadows said he's not in a hurry. "And yet here we are still not dealing with the immigration issue". A band of moderate Republicans is also trying to force Ryan to bring up an immigration bill - one that would grant US citizenship to some DREAMers, strengthen border security, and leave the legal immigration system as is.

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". The only way they can do that is to find another compromise which has 218 - and that compromise can also do away with the discharge petition.

Assuming all Democrats sign the petition, 25 Republicans would need to lend their names to it; as of Thursday afternoon, 20 Republicans had signed on.

Moderate Republicans are as few as five GOP signatures away from forcing a series of votes on the House floor to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, including the conservative bill and a bipartisan proposal that is the one nearly guaranteed to prevail instead under that plan.

With the specter of the discharge petition, GOP leaders are scrambling to fine-tune the Goodlatte invoice in a determined effort to construct a Republican majority.


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