Conservative DACA bill to get a vote in the House
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on the right and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on the left. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Rep. Bob Goodlatte's conservative immigration bill, which is aligned with President Trump's 4-pillar immigration priorities, will get a vote next month ahead of a revote on the farm bill on June 22, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise announced Monday night, per Roll Call.
Why it matters: The House Freedom Caucus sunk the $867 billion agriculture bill last Friday, demanding a vote on the immigration bill first. And now, Scalise's announcement could help get that bill passed.
Yes, but: The move could also squash efforts from Republican House members who need 17 more signatures on their petition to force a vote on a group of DACA bills — including Goodlatte's — as early as June 25th.
- Meanwhile, Rep. Jeff Denham, one of the members behind the petition, told Roll Call he expects to get the needed 218 signatures this week.
The big picture: The immigration bill — which would extend work authorizations for DACA recipients, fund a border wall and more border security, and cut legal immigration — does not have enough votes to pass as it is.
- Despite that, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows hopes the Goodlatte bill can be used as a vehicle for negotiation with moderates to find a DACA solution, his spokesperson told Axios.