The immigration bill has failed worse than a “hardline” bill did last week.
Since this immigration bill arguably would have passed a form of “amnesty” I’m not sure I’m sad the bill failed.
The only way Congress is going to get a bill passed is if it starts agreeing with President Trump and the voters who swept him and them into office. I don’t know if that can happen any time soon but nothing will get accomplished until it does.
The Hill reports, “House rejects second GOP immigration bill.”
The House rejected a Republican compromise bill on immigration Wednesday in a worse-than-expected 121-300 vote, effectively ending a months-long GOP drama that had put the conference’s internal politics on display.
The measure won far fewer GOP votes than a more hard-line measure rejected last week in a 193-231 vote.
Only 121 Republicans backed it, compared to 193 for the earlier measure. Two Republicans did not cast votes on Wednesday, while 112 Republicans voted against it.
Votes on the bill were twice postponed to give Republicans more time to win support for the measure, which was opposed by Democrats.
But conservatives never really warmed to it, and President Trump put down the effort on Twitter, at one point saying that Republicans should stop wasting their time since the bill was seen as dead on arrival in the Senate.
The compromise bill would have provided a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, the issue that led centrist Republicans to launch a discharge petition to force a series of votes on immigration.
Discharge petitions are a way of getting around the House leadership to force a vote and are rarely used by members in the majority. Democrats backed those Republicans pushing the discharge petition to raise pressure on GOP leaders.
The decision to vote on the hard-line immigration measure last week and the compromise bill on Wednesday was part of a deal within the GOP conference that effectively quashed the petition.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) — who introduced the discharge petition in May and co-sponsored the compromise bill — said moderates haven’t ruled out introducing another discharge petition.
“We will never refuse to use the legislative tools that James Madison afforded us,” he said.
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