Meadows: GOP closer to deal on immigration than people think

Kevin McCarthy Paul Ryan

House Republican leaders are floating an alternative to the discharge petition moderate Republicans are pushing - and say they have enough supporters prepared to sign - to set up votes on four different immigration bills.

Moderate Republicans and Democrats are trying to force a vote on a separate immigration bill through a parliamentary maneuver known as a "discharge petition", which can bring legislation to the floor of the House against the wishes of party leaders.

The push continued a day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told members that forcing the votes could cost Republicans the House majority by infuriating the GOP base - and an emergency meeting with centrists convened by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to try to diffuse the push.

"They didn't give a specific timeline", Texas GOP Rep.

The discharge petition would force a vote on four bills, including a much more conservative plan backed by GOP leadership that would likely fail on the House floor, two versions that could pass the full House with a combination of Democratic and moderate GOP support, and an open one that GOP leaders could fill with their own bill.

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. "They disunify our majority".

Ryan said Thursday that rebel Republicans' petition drive to force a vote granting citizenship rights to illegal immigrant "Dreamers" can't succeed because the president will not sign the legislation they're pushing.

"I am confident we have the number we need now, but we're continuing to work with leadership on this issue", Rep.

Organizers of the petition want 218 signatures - 5 extra Republicans, if all 193 Democrats again the measure - to kick off a debate and votes on 4 competing immigration proposals that cope with DACA recipients and border safety.

"I'm supportive of that leverage", Sanford said.

"We don't like discharge petitions".

"The next step is figuring out what the next step is", Meadows said.

At a press availability on Wednesday morning, Ryan explained his reasoning: "Obviously, we do not agree with discharge petitions".

"That is why we met with the president, to advance a technique that addresses the problems that our members have, the issues they've, however doing it in a manner the place we even have a course of that may get a presidential signature, and never a presidential veto", Ryan stated.

"We think it's important we have a vote on Goodlatte and at this point, we were not able to convince any of our members to go from "no" to "yes" on the farm bill", Meadows said. "We want to advance something that has a chance of going into law where the President would support it".

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