Offbeat An opening for House moderates on immigration

04:00  08 june  2018
04:00  08 june  2018 Source:   latimes.com

House Republicans gear up for marathon immigration debate

  House Republicans gear up for marathon immigration debate <p>On Thursday morning, the House Republican conference will seek to settle their differences in a rare, two-hour immigration meeting where GOP leaders will try to forge consensus between the conservatives and moderates within their ranks and end a month-long game of chicken over a moderate tactic that has engulfed the conference.</p>On Thursday morning, the House Republican conference will seek to settle their differences in a rare, two-hour immigration meeting where GOP leaders will try to forge consensus between the conservatives and moderates within their ranks and end a month-long game of chicken over a moderate tactic that has engulfed the conference.

Leaders fear that opening the House floor up to an unpredictable series of votes on immigration bills -- including legislation that has That was the deal moderates thought they were moving toward Friday when the House Freedom Caucus brought down the farm bill because they wanted a vote on the

Open Houses . But Republican immigration moderates wary of being politically exposed if the House abandons the issue have continued pushing leaders for votes, and they seemed to have momentum in their favor Wednesday.

Jeff Denham wearing a suit and tie: Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), during a hearing on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2014, in Washington, D.C. © Pete Marovich/TNS/TNS Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), during a hearing on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON - House Republicans emerged from a meeting Thursday morning without clear agreement on immigration legislation, opening the door for a group of moderate lawmakers to move forward with a maneuver to force a vote - over GOP leaders' objections - on the issue.

GOP moderates and conservatives had tried to reach a deal during the Memorial Day recess to present to House Republicans. The party has struggled for years to come together on immigration, and at a meeting Thursday morning no compromise plan got enough support from the caucus to move forward.

House GOP in eleventh-hour attempt for immigration accord

  House GOP in eleventh-hour attempt for immigration accord House Republicans are trying to bridge their party's internal struggle over immigration at a closed-door meeting. But there's no indication that either side is compromising or even where middle ground might be. If leaders fail to find a solution, that would give momentum to moderates seeking to stage election-year votes in just three weeks on the issue, a showdown that leaders want to head off.Both conservative and moderate lawmakers, the two factions at odds over the issue, said they didn't know what to expect as they entered the session."I don't know. That's why I'm on time here, for once," joked Rep.

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The moderates in the GOP conference are taking issue, in particular, with a provision in The Obama administration has already issued a veto threat on the House Republicans’ immigration plan, and it’s nearly certain that it will not get the requisite 60 votes to advance in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Some members leaving the meeting indicated that the GOP leadership would try to draft legislation based on what was discussed.

"This is a conversation that will continue," House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said Thursday. He set no deadline for the process.

Republican leaders had hoped that reaching a compromise would stop moderate members from employing a rarely used procedural move called a discharge petition to force a vote on four immigration bills. As of Thursday, the petition was three GOP signatures away from reaching the needed 218.

"Obviously time is of the essence if we want to have a legislative process that we can control," Ryan said. "I realize they are only three away." He wouldn't say exactly what progress had been made during the two-hour meeting.

Tentative GOP immigration deal for 'Dreamers' in the works

  Tentative GOP immigration deal for 'Dreamers' in the works <p>A leader of House Republican moderates said a tentative deal with conservatives was being discussed to help young "Dreamer" immigrants stay in the U.S. legally.</p><p></p>The proposal was described the same day that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said leaders will craft an attempt at compromise on the issue that Republicans could embrace and vote on soon. Ryan is hoping an accord would derail threats by the GOP centrists to force a series of votes on immigration this month that leaders say would be divisive and damage the party's electoral prospects in November.

Open Houses . Leaders of warring House Republican factions searched for an immigration compromise on May 21 as some conservatives warned of consequences for Speaker Paul Ryan if he allowed party moderates to push a bipartisan bill through the chamber without strong GOP support.

Open Houses . Horoscopes. Newsletters. A moderate immigration package “disavows what the last election was about and what the majority of the American people want, and the people in this body know it,” said Rep.

California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham, a leader of the petition effort, said moderates had held back on collecting the last few signatures to give negotiations time.

But because House rules limit when such measures can be voted on, the group now says it will give negotiations until Tuesday to reach a deal, and then proceed with the petition.

"We're not willing to sit back and wait and see how politics plays out," Denham said Thursday. "We're going to get this done. We have a firm deadline of next Tuesday."

If that doesn't work, he added, then "this will be discharged, and we will force a vote on the House floor."

House members have proposed more than half a dozen bills to address the status of "Dreamers," the hundreds of thousands of people brought to the country illegally as children, but it remains unclear whether any can pass.

At a separate meeting Wednesday, conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus pitched the creation of a new visa for Dreamers that would eventually lead to citizenship. A person in the room referred to it as a "bridge" into the legal immigration system. Moderates were open to that idea but wanted to see it in writing. Also unclear is what conservatives want in exchange. They have previously demanded new limits on legal immigration, unrelated to Dreamers, in exchange for helping the young immigrants.

House DACA talks prepare to enter new high-stakes stage

  House DACA talks prepare to enter new high-stakes stage A rebellion by moderate House Republicans to force an immigration vote is widely expected to succeed this week, pushing members in at least one chamber of Congress to address one of the most hot-button topics in American politics months before the midterm elections and against the wishes of GOP leadership. The final congressional signatures are likely to be added to a proposal in the next 36 hours that would bypass the wishes of House Speaker Paul Ryan and his deputies and ensure moderates a vote on immigration later this month.But there's a catch.

The Freedom Caucus is comprised of about three dozen members. Conservatives have been warning GOP leaders for weeks against moving a more moderate immigration bill to the House floor that does not include the provisions in the Goodlatte bill

The Senate voted 97 to 1 early Monday evening to open debate on an immigration bill. Perdue, Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton that codifies the White House ’s recent immigration framework into The bipartisan working group calling itself the “Common Sense Caucus”—the group of moderates who

President Donald Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last fall and told the House and Senate they had until March 5 to find a solution through legislation.

The Senate brought up and failed to pass several bills, but the House never voted on legislation of its own. Ryan promised a solution in March but has also said he doesn't see the point in trying to pass an immigration bill that doesn't include Trump's priorities, and which the president therefore won't sign.

Congress' attempts at a solution stalled after a federal judge temporarily stopped the program from shutting down amid pending legal challenges.

The discharge petition triggers a "queen of the Hill" vote on four immigration bills: one favored by the Trump administration, one preferred by Democrats, one bipartisan proposal and an immigration bill of Ryan's choice. If more than one passes, the bill with the most votes would move forward to the Senate.

There is no guarantee any of the bills will pass, that the Senate will consider them or that the president will sign whatever might reach his desk. Ryan on Thursday called the petition "pointless," saying it will not result in a bill that passes the House.

All four bills would help Dreamers to some degree, though they differ on how much border security or immigration enforcement they include in exchange, and on whether the legal protections could lead to citizenship.

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White House walks back Trump's rejection of immigration compromise .
President Trump in fact supports both of the House GOP immigration bills expected to receive votes next week and misspoke earlier Friday when he said that he would oppose a compromise measure between centrists and conservatives, a White House official told The Hill."Yes, we fully support both the Goodlatte bill and the Leadership bill. The President misunderstood the question this morning on Fox News," the source said in an email. "He w"Yes, we fully support both the Goodlatte bill and the Leadership bill. The President misunderstood the question this morning on Fox News," the source said in an email. "He was commenting on the discharge petition/dreamers bill - not the new package.

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