House Speaker Paul Ryan moves to stop Republican revolt on immigration

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House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday reiterated GOP leaders' opposition to a bipartisan effort to force a vote on legislation that would protect the estimated 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from deportation.

Moderate Republicans and Democrats are trying to force a vote on a separate immigration bill through a parliamentary maneuver known as a "discharge petition", which can bring legislation to the floor of the House against the wishes of party leaders.

Ryan emphasized that his leadership team does not agree with discharge petitions.

"We don't like discharge petitions".

Vaughan says supporters of the discharge petition are only a few Republican votes short of the number they need.

Rep. Fred Upton, one of the members who has already signed the discharge petition, said leadership "had a pretty strong pushback" to the discharge petition during the conference meeting but there weren't many members there. They've failed to find a way to do that all year. Moderates are still pursuing the discharge petition and conservatives are still threatening an unrelated farm bill to push for their preferred immigration bill, a hardline measure that lacks the votes to pass the House.

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"That is why we met with the president, to advance a technique that addresses the problems that our members have, the issues they've, however doing it in a manner the place we even have a course of that may get a presidential signature, and never a presidential veto", Ryan stated.

That plan will allow business-first GOP legislators to unite behind the USA Act that will pass with support from 193 Democrats - and also split GOP votes to ensure the failure of pro-American immigration bills.

Denham told reporters Thursday afternoon that the Democrats would be publicly coming onboard before the end of the day - and that more Republicans would be signing on "this week". "We want to advance something that has a chance going into law where the president would support it".

Both moderates and conservatives leaving the speaker's offices in the evening said they had "productive" and good meetings, which included the top five House Republicans including Ryan, McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. But he has given conflicting statements on precisely what he would support and Congress missed a March 5 deadline for sending him a bill.

"They didn't give a specific timeline", Texas GOP Rep. Among them would be a "clean" amnesty for Dreamers, a bill combining an amnesty with promises of a study on border security, an enforcement-heavy bill that would not include a new pathway to citizenship, and then a bill of Mr. Ryan's choosing.

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

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