House to vote on filing brief in Supreme Court immigration case
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The House is expected to vote in the coming weeks on a measure authorizing the Speaker to file a brief to the Supreme Court on the legality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanIf Democrats want to take back the White House start now GOP grapples with how to handle town halls Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Wis.) called it an unprecedented and “extraordinary step” at a Tuesday press conference. 

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“The president is not permitted to write law — only Congress is. The House will make that very, very clear, and we will do so as an institution on behalf of the American people, on behalf of representative self-government,” Ryan said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted the GOP's move, adding that Democrats will file their own amicus brief in support of the Obama administration next week.

“Speaker Ryan is bringing up for a vote a one-sided Republican resolution that does not speak for Democrats, and will only feed the mean-spirited, anti-immigrant obsession of his party’s most extreme forces," Pelosi said in a statement.

"The last thing our nation needs is for leaders in Congress to misuse the people’s House to divide our country and perpetuate a broken immigration system that tears apart families," she added.

Twenty-six states, including Texas, are challenging President Obama’s 2014 executive actions to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportations, in the case known as United States v. Texas. 

The executive actions were frozen by a federal judge order last year.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in April and issue a ruling by the end of June, right in the middle of the presidential campaign. 

--This report was updated at 6:45 p.m.