Paul Ryan Promises House Immigration Vote in Election Season

Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, acknowledged that "time is of the essence" but said the lawmakers don't have answers yet.

It was uncertain if the proposal represented a breakthrough in the long-running GOP divide between moderates and conservatives on immigration, or would devolve into the latest failed attempt to bridge that gap. He's one of the members who has been pressuring his leadership.

His increased confidence comes on the eve of Wednesday's two-hour House Republican conference to discuss immigration. Ryan said that is "the most optimistic, plausible chance of getting (a bill) into law".

Leaders want to "work with our members to get things done and avoid a discharge petition", Ryan said of the seldom-used process that centrists are applying to try to force the votes.

Lawmakers need a simple majority of 218 members to circumvent the near-absolute power of Ryan and his Leadership Team to keep matters off the House floor.

Still, moderates who support the discharge petition are hopeful the issue will be resolved.

The proposal would create a new visa, moderate California Rep. Jeff Denham confirmed to reporters, and would offset the numbers of new legal residents by "combining" other visa categories - likely eliminating some and reallocating the visas to cover the new category. There are roughly 700,000 now covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Trump has proposed legal status for up to 1.8 million Dreamers.

He thinks the House may send the Senate two, three or even four funding bills at a time this year. Those moderates are joined by Democrats and political pragmatists, who read polling that shows so-called Dreamers have public opinion on their side.

"I would say there's some loose consensus right now", said Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., a leader of the centrists' effort to either strike a deal with conservatives or force immigration votes.

The petition writers have recommended three bills and would give Ryan the authority to choose the fourth.

In one unequivocally good piece of news for the state's GOP in this election, voters overwhelmingly opted to fire Josh Newman from his state Senate seat in Orange County. Another bill from Rep.

In exchange for providing possible citizenship for Dreamers, Trump has demanded full financing for his wall with Mexico. And for conservatives, not having to support a bill with a special pathway to legal permanent residence for undocumented immigrants means they aren't open to attack from the right.

A parliamentary procedure known as a discharge petition would set that vote into motion.

What Is a Discharge Petition Anyway?

The question is what effect Trump's improved ratings - should they last until November - will have on the midterm elections.

That likely would result in a bill closer to a compromise with Democrats, a blow to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin who is pushing for a proposal crafted exclusively among GOP lawmakers. "This has always been a self-perpetuating issue because we don't tackle it". "And I really do believe there's a sweet spot here".

Still, others were quick to pour water on the emerging plan on the issue of citizenship for DACA-covered immigrants - young undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children.

"The key is, as I've said all along, is we just don't feel like there should be a special pathway, and so we're trying to figure out one that's not a special pathway", said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), one of the conservative negotiators. On Thursday afternoon those two-dozen Republicans were nearing that magic number to partner with Democrats and force a vote for the Dreamers, using what is called a discharge petition. Trump previously announced he was ending the DACA program but it remains in place as a result of a legal battle. So far it is not clear what such a path would look like.

Still, he said, Thursday's meeting "achieved a lot".

If Thursday's meeting doesn't produce an accord, the moderates could reach that threshold quickly. "I don't think that's it at all", he said, adding that immigration is a "difficult issue" for his party and they are working to find the "sweet spot". -6) and Navy veteran Mikie Sherrill (N.J.

California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will take on President Donald Trump-backed Republican John Cox in November in the race for governor of California. The Senate failed to pass any legislation addressing the immigration in February and has essentially gone silent on the topic.

Vanessa Coleman

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