Conservative Immigration Bill Fails in House, Vote Postponed on Moderate Bill


House Republicans on Thursday afternoon postponed the vote on an immigration bill to next week after a more conservative bill failed by a smaller-than-expected margin.

That bill got 193 votes and gave immigration hardliners more leverage to change the House leadership's bill, NPR reported.

"We just had a bill that got 193 though, though, without really any help, in my opinion, any real significant help," said Rep. Scott Perry (R., Penn.).

"The attorney general didn't come while it's been sitting here for six months. The homeland security secretary didn't come while it's been sitting here for six months. And it got 193 votes. That seems like a pretty good starting point," he said.

President Donald Trump told Republicans he supported both House Republican immigration bills.

But while some moderate members opposed the more conservative bill, the "consensus" bill left some members unsure what was being voted on, as it was still being amended late Thursday.

The consensus bill provides "dreamers," brought to the U.S. illegally as children, a path to citizenship, imposes limits on legal immigration, and provides $25 billion for Trump's border wall, the Washington Post reports.

The bill voted down would not guarantee those immigrants a path to citizenship and would require the mandatory use of a worker verification program.

Neither bill was negotiated with Democrats or is expected to garner any Democratic votes.

Some House Republicans placed blame on Trump for sinking either bills' momentum by saying they will be voted down in the Senate anyway. Trump blamed Democrats for obstructing in order to give themselves a better position in the 2018 midterm elections, adding that Republicans should get rid of the "stupid" Senate filibuster.

Conor Beck

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Conor Beck is a Media Analyst for the WFB. He's previously written for The College Fix, Life News, and was a Student Free Press Association Fellow for The Weekly Standard. He graduated from Rice University in 2017.

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