Farm bill prospects in US House clouded by immigration debate

House GOP Moderates Ramp Up Push To Force DACA Vote As Leadership Scrambles

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The centrists have filed a discharge petition to force floor votes on four bills as part of a "Queen of the Hill" process in which the bill with the most votes over 218 would be sent to the Senate.

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.

Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan said Republican leadership had been telling members there does not appear to be enough support for passage of Goodlatte's bill, but Jordan still favours voting on it alone rather than having the House vote on it as part of a series of four measures that would be called up by the moderates' petition. Moderate Republicans are as few as five GOP signatures away from forcing a series of votes on the House floor to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, including the conservative bill and a bipartisan proposal that is the one nearly guaranteed to prevail instead under that plan.

"Like I stated final week, clearly, we don't agree with discharge petitions", Ryan, R-Wis., advised reporters afterward. "We want to advance something that has a chance going into law where the president would support it".

While Ryan and McCarthy work with Trump on a new plan, some conservatives are pushing for a vote on a conservative bill by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. "Seriously, Mr. Speaker? We're giving you the ability to write your own bill". That legislation, the USA Act of 2018* [H.R.4796], states it would "provide relief from removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States before reaching the age of 18, improve border security, [and] foster United States engagement in Central America".

The conservatives meeting were Freedom Caucus Members Reps.




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

"We think it's important we have a vote on Goodlatte and at this point, we were not able to convince any of our members to go from "no" to "yes" on the farm bill", Meadows said. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.

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.

Even though President Trump would likely veto any bad amnesty bill, Vaughan argues it is still better if he's not put in that position.

Similarly, the leader of the moderate effort to force the DACA vote, California Rep. Jeff Denham, said his group was still full steam ahead - though he declined to directly answer whether leadership had made a commitment or promise to his side of the equation about a path forward. "And if not, why not?"

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