Ryan seeks to tamp down GOP rebellion, saying immigration bill needs Trump support

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDOJ delivers Russia probe documents to Congress Laura Ingraham: George Will is ‘sad and petty’ for urging votes against GOP Seth Rogen: I told Paul Ryan I hate his policies in front of his kids MORE (R-Wis.) sought to put down a revolt from pro-immigration Republicans on Thursday, insisting he wants to bring a bipartisan immigration bill to the House floor before the crucial midterm elections.

But the Speaker reiterated that the immigration legislation would need to get President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Fallon responds to Trump: I'll donate to pro-immigrant nonprofit in his name South Carolina GOP candidate expected to make full recovery after car accident Official: US to present North Korea with timeline, 'specific asks' MORE’s endorsement first — a tall order given the inability of Trump and Democrats to agree on an immigration compromise.

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“I’d like to. I want to have — I want to fix this problem, so I would like to have an immigration vote before the midterms. But I want to have a vote on something that could make it into law. I don’t want to have show ponies,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference.

“I want to have actual law and that means the White House has to be a part of this and it’s got to be a bill the president can sign,” Ryan added.

Ryan dismissed the discharge petition backed by the centrist Republicans, which GOP leaders argue would simply give power to Democrats by allowing the to team up with a minority of Republicans to pass a bill on the House floor.

“We never want to turn the floor over to the minority. What I don’t want to do is have a process that just ends up with a veto,” Ryan said.

“Going down a path and having some sort of spectacle on the floor that just results in a [presidential] veto doesn’t solve the problem. We actually would like to solve this problem,” he added.

Ryan’s comments are unlikely to dissuade the centrists pushing the discharge petition. So far, 18 Republicans have joined the cause, seven shy of the 25 Republican signatories needed to force a vote if all Democrats sign the petition.

The petition would set up a “Queen of the Hill” process in which four different bills would receive votes, with the measure getting the most votes, assuming it attracts more than the 218 needed, being sent to the Senate.

Many lawmakers in both parties believe the bill backed by the centrist lawmakers would prevail under Queen of the Hill, with Democrats supplying most of the votes. The USA Act, a product of a long bipartisan negotiation between Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdImmigration: Too much noise, too little thought Hillicon Valley: Justices rule states can force online retailers to collect sales tax | Google's new privacy features | White House plan aims to tackle cyber workforce gap House GOP discharge petition supporter says he likely won’t sign a second one MORE (R-Texas) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarImmigration compromise underlines right’s clout Pelosi, Dems hammer GOP for ‘derailing’ DACA debate Hoyer warns GOP: Don’t dabble with DACA compromise bill MORE (D-Calif.), would pair a path to citizenship for 1.8 million "Dreamers" — young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children — with $25 billion in border security funding.

Hurd is backing the discharge petition, along with Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloTrump tweet may doom House GOP effort on immigration House still plans immigration vote next week despite Trump's tweet House GOP leaders push immigration vote to next week MORE (R-Fla.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamHouse still plans immigration vote next week despite Trump's tweet House GOP discharge petition supporter says he likely won’t sign a second one Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral MORE (R-Calif.). All three represent heavily Hispanic districts and are under pressure to get something done on immigration.

A GOP bill authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteHouse Judiciary Committee subpoenas FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts Trump tweet may doom House GOP effort on immigration House still plans immigration vote next week despite Trump's tweet MORE (R-Va.) and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTrump's move to halt family separations leaves questions unanswered GOP rep: Trump still '100 percent behind us' on passing compromise immigration bill Conservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill MORE (R-Texas) is backed by Trump but has gone nowhere in the House. It has only 95 GOP co-sponsors and no Democratic support.

The Speaker, who will retire at the end of this term, did concede that it’s now clear any immigration bill that comes to the floor this year will have to be bipartisan.

“When I don’t have 218 Republicans, I want to make sure we have a bill the president would actually support,” Ryan said.

“If we’re going to spend time on the floor, let’s spend time that precious time on the floor passing legislation that we know can get signed into law.”