No discharge petition on immigration?

Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she would not be able to get the needed signatures for a procedural tactic to force a vote on immigration reform.

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"We'll never get to 218 on the discharge petition,” she told Sirius XM Radio’s Julie Mason at an event to be aired Tuesday evening. ”Because the Republicans generally won't sign, but the fact that it is there and the outside mobilization is saying all we want is a vote."

House Republican leaders have been reluctant to vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill. GOP leaders in January released a set of principles on the issue, but those have yet to be translated into a bill with significant backing.

Earlier this year, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) claimed “widespread doubt” among Republicans about President Obama’s ability to follow the law has made it “difficult to move any immigration legislation” for the time being.

The three House Republicans who co-sponsored the Democratic immigration reform bill have said they would not sign a discharge petition, which requires 218 signatures to force a vote on the House floor.

Pelosi said her team would decide how to proceed in the next few days.

"I will be meeting today and tomorrow, as I did last week with stakeholders on the immigration issue about how we'll come to a decision about the immigration bill," Pelosi said.

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