Scalise to Senate Dems: House Not “Bound” to Feb. 8 Immigration Agreement Scalise to Senate Dems: House Not “Bound” to Feb. 8 Immigration Agreement – NTK Network

Scalise to Senate Dems: House Not “Bound” to Feb. 8 Immigration Agreement

The House majority whip told Politico that he doesn't think Graham-Durbin immigration legislation has a chance of passing the House.

By NTK Staff | 01.23.2018 @1:00pm
Scalise to Senate Dems: House Not “Bound” to Feb. 8 Immigration Agreement

The U.S. government reopened on Monday after Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans reached a deal that included a debate on immigration legislation by February 8.

But the House majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), told Politico in a Monday interview that the House isn’t “bound” to the Senate agreement, and that he doesn’t expect the issue of immigration to be taken up before March.

The U.S. government was shut down for 69 hours after Senate Democrats, at the urging of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), demanded “a vote on legislation to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, known as ‘dreamers,’ from deportation after Trump canceled the program.”

The government only reopened after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Schumer reached a deal would allow for “an immigration vote after Feb. 8 if senators cannot strike a deal before then.”

While the Senate intends to take up the issue of immigration reform, the House isn’t as keen to get moving on the legislation.

Politico asked Scalise about the compromise that was reached in the Senate. Scalise, Politico wrote, said “the House doesn’t feel at all bound by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreement with Senate Democrats to consider immigration legislation by Feb. 8.”

“March is really the timeline. … The House wasn’t part of that deal,” Scalise said.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have proposed a bipartisan deal on immigration that political pundits say has the best chance of passing the Senate.

However, Scalise doesn’t think that the proposed Graham-Durbin immigration legislation stands much of a chance in the House.

“It’s good for everybody to put their ideas on paper but ultimately there are things that can and cannot pass in the House,” Scalise told Politico about the Graham-Durbin proposal. “And we have to work through those details and we’re working through them.”

It seems that while the Senate is eager to move forward with a deal on DACA, the House will move at its own pace. Could this result in another government shutdown in 16 days?

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