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GOP's Valadao & Denham Try Rare Tactic to Force Immigration Reform Votes

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Valley Congressman David Valadao and Jeff Denham support immigration reform.
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Congressmen David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) are using a procedural move to force Speaker Paul Ryan into allowing the full House of Representatives to vote on immigration bills.
Known as a discharge petition, it would bring Denham’s H.Res. 774 to the floor for a vote. The petition has one week to gather 218 signatures, a majority of the House. Introduced today (May 9), it has at least 17 signers, all Republicans.

“Congress needs to do its job and be held accountable.” — Rep. Jeff Denham
Denham’s resolution, as described in an email from Valadao’s office “will allow for debate on the House Floor of H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act, H.R. 3440, the DREAM Act, legislation offered by Speaker Ryan and House leadership, and H.R. 4796, the USA Act.”
“I think you’ll see many different caucuses throughout the House that are engaged in this debate that are focused on different solutions,” Denham told CNN. “I think it’s our job. Congress needs to do its job and be held accountable.”
Valadao added in a news release, “Immigration reform is not a partisan issue, and, for far too long, Republicans and Democrats alike have failed to provide America with a solution.”
We continue to work with our members to find a solution that can both pass the House and get the president’s signature.”AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan
Last week, Ryan visited Valadao in Kerman, as the two toured a manufacturing plant.
AshLee Strong, Ryan’s spokeswoman, said in a statement to GV Wire, “We continue to work with our members to find a solution that can both pass the House and get the president’s signature.”
It doesn’t look like Denham and Valadao, however, are going to get any support from their Valley colleague, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.


Successful discharge petitions are rare. According to the Clerk of the House, this is the 10th such petition filed this session. None gathered the required amount of signatures. The last successful petition happened in 2015, regarding a banking bill.



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