Ryan won’t commit to putting immigration bill on floor

Ryan won’t commit to putting immigration bill on floor
© Greg Nash

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would not outline leadership’s plan b for an immigration bill if the conservative measure that is currently being whipped in the House can’t get enough support to pass.

Asked Wednesday if he would bring separate legislation to the floor if a bill crafted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) lacks support, Ryan said: “We’re not going to do ifs, ands or buts.”

“At the end of the day, we want to have a solution,” he said at a press briefing.

Conservatives say that the only solution is Goodlatte’s bill that provides a temporary, renewable legal status — not citizenship — for hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

House GOP leaders said they would begin whipping the bill on Wednesday, fulfilling a promise to the House Freedom Caucus to build support for the legislation. But it’s unclear whether it would have enough votes to pass the lower chamber.

The legislation authorizes funding for Trump’s border wall, ends family-based migration and scraps the diversity visa…


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