Speaker Paul Ryan is doing his best to ward off a revolt from his own party.
A small group of Republicans are trying to force procedures on immigration policy that benefits them politically and otherwise.
As reported by reuters.com
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan sought to head off revolts on Wednesday from the right and center of his Republican Party as lawmakers battled over legislation that would protect young illegal immigrants from deportation.
At a morning news conference after huddling privately with rank-and-file Republicans, Ryan warned a small group of moderates that it would be a “big mistake” if they kept pushing a procedural maneuver to force a series of votes on four separate immigration bills.
Some Republicans worried such a debate could lead to a bipartisan immigration bill passing that might anger conservative Republicans at an inopportune time, with November elections approaching.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told fellow Republicans at the closed-door morning meeting that things were going well for them, and “let’s not create a problem of our own making,” one House Republican lawmaker said, asking not to be named.
Ryan said he was working with the White House on a measure that would win President Donald Trump’s support. At the news conference, Ryan did not provide details or a timetable for advancing such legislation.
So far, 20 of the House’s 235 Republicans had signed a petition to force an immigration debate that would allow the bill with the most votes to advance to the Senate.
They want to join forces with Democrats to pull off the rare procedural trick in defiance of leadership. Some of the 20 signatories are retiring, while some others are moderates seeking re-election in November and represent districts with a significant number of Hispanics.
As if the Democrats causing hold ups and headaches isn't enough, now you have this small band of Republicans causing problems. The entire subject of immigration is a delicate one, especially concerning DACA, and needs to be handled in the right way. Ryan should not be facing opposition from his own party on these matters.
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