As House Delays Immigration Vote to Next Week, Trump Says Wait ’til Next Year As House Delays Immigration Vote to Next Week, Trump Says Wait ’til Next Year – NTK Network

As House Delays Immigration Vote to Next Week, Trump Says Wait ’til Next Year

The president is hoping a "Red Wave" in the 2018 midterms will bring him larger majorities in the House and Senate, which will help him pass an immigration bill to his liking.

By NTK Staff | 06.22.2018 @12:00pm
As House Delays Immigration Vote to Next Week, Trump Says Wait ’til Next Year

President Trump urged Republicans to punt the issue of immigration to 2019 in a Friday morning tweet, as House Republicans delayed a vote on a compromise immigration bill to next week amid a broader struggle to cobble together votes on the bill.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said on Thursday that the vote would be delayed to next week in order to “keep working with our members.” It is the second delay for the bill, which had already been postponed from Thursday to Friday when Scalise made his announcement.

Republican leaders initially hadn’t anticipated making any changes to the bill ahead of the vote which had been postponed until Friday. But when the conference emerged from the meeting, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-California, issued a statement on behalf of the bill’s negotiators and said they would be adding more language dealing with agricultural worker visas and e-verify and rescheduling the vote for next week.

The challenge for Republicans is a familiar one, at least for the modern GOP: balancing the hardline desires of some conservatives – who consider most pathways to citizenship “amnesty” and now count the president as a frequent ally on the issue – and the desires of moderates who seek a permanent legal solution for certain people living in the U.S. illegally.

President Trump tweeted on Friday morning that Congress should punt the issue to 2019, when he anticipates having more Republican congressmen in a “Red Wave” during the fall midterms.

It’s a risky gamble for Trump, though. Most political prognosticators see the battle for the U.S. House as tilting toward Democrats in 2018, with the Senate a toss-up.

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