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Will Denham-Valadao Immigration Gambit Cross Finish Line?
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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June 4, 2018

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Will an effort to force a debate on immigration on the House floor cross the finish line?
We could find out Thursday. That is the “soft deadline” set by GOP moderates for securing the needed backing to trigger a series of votes.
Congressional Republicans need two more signatures from their own caucus and three holdout Democrats to reach the magic number of 218 — a majority of all House members — to enact a procedural move to force the bill to the floor without interference from balking Republican leadership.
If two more GOP members sign the discharge petition, as the move is known, it will bring the total GOP signees to 25. Combine that with all 193 Democrats (190 have signed thus far), and that is 218 signatures.
If successful, the floor would debate HR 774, a Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) authored bill that sets “Queen of the Hill” rules on passing an immigration bill. That means, four different immigration bills go to the floor. Whichever one gets the most votes wins.

Holdouts

Fox News reported that the three Democrats who have yet to sign — Henry Cuellar, Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez (all of Texas) —  object because some of the immigration bills that could be debated include a border wall.
Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) joined Denham as the original signers of the petition. Democrat Jim Costa (D-Fresno) signed as well.
However, no one new has signed since May 24, leaving the total stuck at 213.
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.

Republican Drama

Meanwhile, Politico summed up the tension in the GOP ranks this way today:
“House Republicans are on the brink of an embarrassing showdown over immigration that Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team have been desperately trying to avoid.
“GOP leaders have scheduled a two-hour immigration meeting on Thursday to try again to break the impasse. Ryan will make a final push to corral the conference behind an immigration plan. Moderates have designated that day, June 7, as a soft deadline for securing 218 signatures, which would tee up the immigration vote series for June 25.”
You can read the Politico story at this link.
 

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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