House GOP to meet in closed-door meeting to urge immigration bill passage
The House has postponed until Friday a vote on a compromise GOP immigration reform measure, but House sources say a vote on the farm bill is still on around 3:20 pm ET today.
House GOP leadership will brief Republican lawmakers on the immigration bill this afternoon, after members asked for more time to consider the proposal. But the immigration measure faces long odds to passage.
Republicans faced growing opposition to their immigration bill despite last-minute lobbying from President Trump. Facing defeat, Republicans decided prior to an emergency closed-door meeting with rank and file members to postpone the vote until Friday. The bill, a compromise between Republican moderates and conservatives, would have imposed limits on legal immigration, provided a pathway to citizenship to young undocumented immigrants and $25 billion for Trump's border wall. The measure also would have kept migrant families together at the border, placing them in detention.
A vote on a more conservative immigration reform bill from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was defeated, 193-231.
As for the farm bill, that measure has been linked to final votes on immigration bills. House sources say the farm bill vote will take place today around 3:20 pm ET.