“House GOP Leaders Forced To Again Delay Vote On Compromise Immigration Bill”


“House Republican leaders delayed a vote on the ‘consensus’ immigration legislation Thursday afternoon as they scrambled to convince enough GOP lawmakers to support the measure.

“The vote on that bill was initially rescheduled for Friday morning. But after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than two hours, leaders delayed it even further — to next week, according to several House Republican sources.

“…In addition to the policy divides, several GOP lawmakers felt that they didn't know what was in the ‘consensus’ bill as it was still being tweaked hours before they were scheduled to vote on it.

“Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, one of the moderate members who has been working with leadership to craft the compromise bill, said the delay will give members a chance to clarify details of the bill.

“‘Immigration policy is complex. Most members are not expert at it,’ Curbelo said. ‘I think the more members understand this bill the more comfortable they will become with it.’

“Curbelo said members have raised questions about how it would address issues like border security and visas for those immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought here as children, commonly known as DREAMers.

“…The stalemate and delay underscore how far apart Republicans remain on immigration. If the issue continues to highlight disagreements within the Republican conference, it could ratchet up pressure on Ryan to step down as speaker.

“Since President Trump ended the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program… last September and punted its future to Congress, lawmakers have failed to reach a consensus on any legislation to deal with the program or with the administration's push for stepped-up border security measures.”

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