GOP senator: McConnell pledged to bring up DACA bill in January
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Wednesday that he has secured a promise from Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats 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 CornynCornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (R-Texas), asked about the schedule for DACA, told reporters on Tuesday that Congress will "turn to it in January."

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinManchin: Negotiators to miss Friday target for deal on reconciliation bill Democrats look for plan B on filibuster The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats 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.