GOP senator: McConnell pledged to bring up DACA bill in January
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeHillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Overnight Defense: More Trump drama over Russia | Appeals court rules against Trump on transgender ban | Boeing wins Air Force One contract | Military parade to reportedly cost M Senate resolution backs intelligence community on Russian meddling MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Wednesday that he has secured a promise from Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE (R-Ky.) to bring up a legislative fix for a key Obama-era immigration program next month. 

“I am ... pleased that the Majority Leader has committed to bring the bipartisan DACA bill we are currently negotiating to the Senate floor in January," Flake said in a statement, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 
 
Flake's statement comes after he predicted early Wednesday morning that a bill would come up on the Senate floor next month, as lawmakers appear increasingly likely to punt the fight to next year. 
 
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A spokesman for McConnell didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but told The Hill earlier Wednesday that he didn't have any scheduling announcements yet for January.
 
The Trump administration has announced it will end DACA, which allows immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school. 
 
Congress faces a mid-March deadline to pass legislation addressing the program or hundreds of thousands of immigrants will be at risk of deportation. 
 
Flake is part of a bipartisan group of senators that have been negotiating an agreement that would link DACA to a border security package. Several key senators met with White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE on Tuesday to discuss the program. 
 
Some Democrats and immigration activists have been demanding that a deal gets passed this year and viewed the end-of-the-year spending bill as their best shot. 
 
But key senators in both parties have signaled that it is increasingly unlikely as Congress appears ready to leave town this week until January. 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynDeal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Senate must approve Justice Served Act to achieve full potential of DNA evidence The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE (R-Texas), asked about the schedule for DACA, told reporters on Tuesday that Congress will "turn to it in January."

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDeal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE Senate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting MORE (D-Ill.) has pledged to oppose any government funding bill without a DACA fix, but signaled that it appeared unlikely to pass this year.

"Oh it is very, very difficult to imagine that it's done this year," Durbin said.