GOP leaders warn against immigration roll calls


The moderates are trying to get 218 signatures — a House majority — on a petition to force the House to vote on four immigration bills.

CLF's new, more targeted structure also overshadows that of its Democratic rival, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's House Majority PAC, which has no field locations.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee who Democrats plan to target aggressively for defeat this fall in a Hispanic-heavy district, responded "every bit of it's true" when asked if the issue could have repercussions for the party in November if Republicans don't figure out a way to unify around a solution, saying that while he doesn't support the discharge petition it "forces our party to say more forthrightly where we are".

The push continued a day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told members that forcing the votes could cost Republicans the House majority by infuriating the GOP base - and an emergency meeting with centrists convened by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to try to diffuse the push.

Ryan emphasized that his leadership team does not agree with discharge petitions. "We want to advance something that has a chance going into law where the president would support it".

GOP leaders have said they must get an agreement on a bill that could be supported by President Trump, a position echoed by Meadows, who also thinks this is achievable.

Inside his earlier meeting with the full conference, Ryan mostly spoke in broad strokes about the need to balance border security and other immigration policies, said Michigan Rep. John Moolenaar. "We predict they are a massive mistake".

"They alluded to some magic formula", the South Carolina Republican said.

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A coalition of GOP centrists led by Reps.

The Freedom Caucus has about 30 members in the 435-seat House and they have been pushing for consideration of a conservative immigration bill.

"It was a conversation, I'm not going to divulge all the details ... but it was productive", Curbelo said.

"It's created to pass legislation that is not consistent with the mandate with the election", Jordan arguing that the 2016 election in which Republicans won the White House and both chambers of Congress means conservative immigration policies should prevail.

Rep. Bill Flores paraphrased the speaker as telling Republicans to "quit messing around with the discharge petition" and that it's "not a path to success". She says their planned floor vote would employ a rare "Queen of the Hill" process around four bills.

Beneath Queen of the Hill guidelines, if a couple of various obtains a majority, the victor is the one which receives the best variety of votes.

"We have an answer. And if not, why not?"