Vote on the House GOP’s “moderate” Immigration Bill Delayed, Possibly Canceled

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Even before the House GOP's more radical anti-immigration bill supported by the Freedom Caucus went down in flames yesterday with 40 Republicans voting against it, they delayed the vote on a more "moderate" (but still terrible) bill until today.

Today's vote has also been delayed until next week.

Republicans' efforts to overhaul immigration isn't going as smoothly as they hoped. After a vote on the more conservative of two GOP proposals failed Thursday, a vote on the more moderate "compromise" bill was pushed off to Friday -- and then to next week.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, told reporters Thursday evening that more issues need to be worked out before the House takes up a vote, after House Republicans met to discuss the matter Thursday afternoon. Asked if the House would take up a vote on the compromise bill Friday, Scalise said, "Right now we're going to keep working with our members."

I think it would be reasonable to assume they won't vote on this next week, either.

It's still possible they will hold a vote at some point, but this bill is also expected to fail. Furthermore, Trump says they should "stop wasting their time."

Republicans probably could have bought themselves a few points of approval rating by passing something -- anything -- in the middle of a public relations and humanitarian crisis, but they can't even manage that because the majority of elected Republicans are lizard people.

The Democratically-controlled Senate voted to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill under President Obama in 2013, a bill that also included over $40 billion for border security, but it was shot down by House Republicans. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) refused to even bring it up for a vote.

Republican control of the House has ruined this country for most of a decade.

  • muselet

    Paul Ryan is very bad at his job. Every day, he makes John Boehner look like the reincarnation of Sam Rayburn.

    As long as Ryan insists on following the Hastert Rule—no bill moves unless the majority of Rs support it—nothing immigration-related will pass. And, contrary to the bloviatings of Donald Trump and various House Rs, the Ds are under no obligation to save the Rs’ bacon on this.

    If there weren’t actual human lives being disrupted, I might find the Rs’ flailing mildly amusing.


  • Username1016

    “Red wave.” Hahaha chuckle snort guffaw! It’s gonna be a blue wave the likes of which have never been seen. Keep on whistling past the graveyard, you orange troll.

  • ninjaf

    I refuse to call the remaining bill “moderate.” It is a compromise of the far right and the solidly right. It’s not even a compromise with centrists. It is not a moderate bill and calling it that continues to keep the Overton window too far to the right. This is a very conservative bill. Period.

  • Aynwrong

    Master Yoda says:

    “Find own ass with both hands, they could not.”

  • Draxiar

    “Right now we’re going to keep working with our members.”


    I’m such a child….

    • Victor the Crab

      You’d be far more mature than Drumpf and the GOP.

  • jimtowndem

    you have to realize something something
    1. trump and most repubs would lie even if the truth would do them some good
    2. unless a law would hurt those people it will never get passed.