House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has scrapped Republicans' plans to allow a vote on a Democratic bill seeking to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and instead the House will vote Wednesday on a measure to support the agency, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Monday.

The backdrop: While the initial bill would have failed to garner enough support to pass, Republicans hoped to use the vote to energize their base ahead of this year’s midterm elections. But Ryan, fearing that a vote could backfire if Democrats uniformly decided to oppose the measure, decided it wasn't worth the risk, Politico reports.

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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, Trump and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto; Samuel Corum; Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

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Why it matters: This is a major breakthrough for Israel, which does not have diplomatic recognition in many Middle Eastern countries but has been steadily improving relations in the Gulf, largely due to mutual antipathy toward Iran.

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Trump vows to block stimulus funding for mail-in voting and USPS

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Wind and solar power hit record global market shares in first half of 2020

Reproduced from Ember; Chart: Axios Visuals

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