A handful of moderate Republican lawmakers defied party leaders and took steps Wednesday toward forcing campaign-season House votes on immigration — and one maverick predicted they had the votes to succeed.
“We feel very importantly that this has got to happen now, and we’ re willing to drive that vote,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.).
Their effort meant that a drive to help young Dreamers that seemed to have stalled earlier this year could be restarted in the run-up to November’s midterm elections for House and Senate control.
That could spell fresh headaches for GOP leaders, whose party is divided between backers of President Trump’s hard-line views and more pragmatic members.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) opposes the moderates’ effort, so its fate remains unclear.
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