Top GOP aide: House to vote next week on 2 im­mi­gra­tion bills

Yuma Sun - - NATION & WORLD GLANCE -

WASH­ING­TON — The House will vote next week on two Repub­li­can-writ­ten im­mi­gra­tion bills, a top GOP aide said late Tues­day, as lead­ers sought to move past an elec­tion-year civil war they worry will wound the party’s prospects in Novem­ber.

Ash­Lee Strong, spokes­woman for Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., an­nounced the de­ci­sion af­ter a bar­gain­ing ses­sion among lead­ers and top con­ser­va­tive and mod­er­ate GOP law­mak­ers ended with­out agree­ment on a sin­gle pack­age all sides could sup­port. It was un­clear whether ei­ther bill would clear the House, but both of the party’s fac­tions would be able to show vot­ers they backed leg­is­la­tion con­tain­ing their pri­or­i­ties on the di­vi­sive is­sue.

For weeks, the party’s two wings have hunted ways to pro­vide a route to cit­i­zen­ship for “Dreamer” im­mi­grants brought il­le­gally to the U.S. as chil­dren and also bol­ster bor­der se­cu­rity. They have failed to find mid­dle ground.

The House ended Tues­day’s ses­sion as mod­er­ates fell short of their stated goal of hav­ing 218 sig­na­tures — a ma­jor­ity of the cham­ber — on a pe­ti­tion that would force votes on other im­mi­gra­tion bills that GOP lead­ers op­pose. They had said they would do that by Tues­day, which would have trig­gered those votes later this month.

In­stead, the cen­trists ac­cu­mu­lated the names of all 193 Democrats but just 23 Re­pub­li­cans — two short of the num­ber re­quired — af­ter party lead­ers’ ef­forts against them proved ef­fec­tive.

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