Will This Bipartisan Duo Force Immigration Votes in the House?
Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA) reportedly has the votes to force a debate in the House on four immigration bills. Denham told The Hill that he has secured support from more than 40 GOP colleagues for a resolution that would allow debate and votes. The CA Republican said that while his ally across the aisle, Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA), is still ushering support from his Democratic colleagues, they expect all 192 Democrats to support the “discharge petition” which would force a vote without consent from the House leadership. The four bills that would be considered include the bipartisan Dream Act introduced by Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA); the bipartisan USA Act, offered by Aguilar and Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX); the conservative bill authored by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); and Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI)proposal that would mirror Donald Trump’s immigration plan. “It’s time for us to have a full debate in front of the American public,” Denham said. Under the rule, whichever measure has the most votes above 218 would be adopted by the House. The Beat DC will keep you posted. More here.