House GOPers Intro Petition to Force “Queen of the Hill” Vote on Immigration
Seven House Republicans -- Carlos Curbelo, Mario Díaz-Balart, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Will Hurd (TX), David Valadao and Jeff Denham (CA), and Mia Love (UT), -- on Wednesday introduced a discharge petition to force Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to take up a series of immigration bills, including legislation to protect “Dreamers,” under the “Queen of the Hill” rule. The idea had first been introduced by Denham and Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA) in March. The discharge petition allows a bill to reach the floor of the House even if it hasn't been approved by a Committee, or scheduled for a vote by the Speaker, if a majority of House members sign on to the discharge petition, it bypasses the committee process and goes straight to the House floor. The bills that would be considered, as of now, include the bipartisan Dream Act introduced by Ros-Lehtinen and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA); the bipartisan USA Act, offered by Aguilar and Hurd; the conservative bill authored by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); and Speaker Ryan’s proposal that would mirror Donald Trump’s immigration plan. The "Queen of the Hill" is a special rule that allows several bills to be brought to the House floor to be voted on. The one that receives the most votes is the only one adopted. The maneuver has been used only seven times since it was first introduced in 1995. Since Wednesday’s press announcement, members Charlie Dent (R-PA), Fred Upton (R-MI), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Chris Collins (R-NY), John Faso (R-NY), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Ryan Costello (R-PA) have also signed on. We’ll keep you posted. More here.