House speaker says will move on immigration bill after budget

Elias Hubbard
February 9, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) agreed on Thursday to bring a solution to the House floor for those affected by the Trump administration's repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - but only after a newly introduced two-year Senate budget agreement is passed.

While Pelosi announced Thursday that she is a "no" vote on the Senate budget deal, which now doesn't include a DACA solution, the House minority leader said she has no plans to whip her Democratic colleagues against the budget deal.

The budget deal would boost spending on military and domestic programs by roughly $300 billion over two years.

Entering Thursday, opposition on both sides of the aisle threatened to sink the budget agreement in the House.

"Part of it depends on the Democrats, this is a bipartisan bill", Ryan told Hewitt about getting the support needed to pass it.

"We are going to deliver our share of support", he added, speaking for Republican members. "I feel good about it", and later Thursday morning he weighed in on immigration.

The call echoes a request from Pelosi on the House floor on Wednesday that Ryan make the same type of commitment his Senate counterpart Mitch McConnell did to hold a neutral immigration debate. Pelosi has asked Ryan for a more free-wheeling amendment process, where competing proposals come to the floor and the most popular bill advances.

"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not", Ryan told reporters, referring to the program that protects immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

However, he did not yield to Pelosi's demand.

"I am confident that we can bring a bipartisan solution to the floor that can get signed into law and solve this problem", Ryan said during his weekly news conference.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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