Two more Republicans back immigration discharge petition

Two more Republicans back immigration discharge petition
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Reps. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump to meet House GOP as backlash to 'zero tolerance' policy grows The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems see midterm advantage in new ObamaCare fight MORE (N.Y.) and Dave TrottDavid Alan TrottGOP doubles female recruits for congressional races GOP split on immigration is a crisis for Ryan’s team Pelosi: GOP discharge-petition holdouts helping Ryan ‘save face’ MORE (Mich.) have signed on to a discharge petition to force a series of votes on immigration, becoming the 19th and 20th Republicans to back it.

The growing support for the petition comes as GOP leaders have warned rank-and-file Republicans not to support it.

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The petition, introduced by Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloHouse GOP leaders push immigration vote to next week House GOP discharge petition supporter says he likely won’t sign a second one Hardline immigration bill fails in the House MORE (R-Fla.) last week, would force votes on four immigration measures on the floor, getting around leadership in the process.

The leadership of the majority party can generally control what gets to the floor for a vote, but if a majority of members back a discharge petition, they can force a vote.

Only one Democrat has signed on to the discharge petition so far, but more are expected to do so if 25 Republicans sign on. That's the minimum amount of GOP support necessary to get to a majority if all Democrats back the petition.

The petition would set up a "Queen of the Hill" vote on immigration in which four different measures would get votes. The measure with the most support above 218 votes would be sent to the Senate.

House GOP leadership has been adamantly against the move, arguing it places too much power in the hands of Democrats. 

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer House approves five-year farm bill House postpones vote on compromise immigration bill MORE (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump mocks 'elites' at campaign rally Rally crowd chants 'CNN sucks' after Trump rips media Trump's America fights back MORE (R-Calif.) met with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE on a path forward on immigration Tuesday

Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisLawmakers request meeting with Amtrak CEO over funding for route Trump mocks Dem lawmaker for introducing bill to repeal GOP tax cuts Dem lawmaker introducing bill to repeal GOP tax cuts MORE (Colo.) became the second Democrat to back the discharge petition on Wednesday.

--Updated at 3:09 p.m.