GOP senator: McConnell pledged to bring up DACA bill in January
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeIMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Wednesday that he has secured a promise from Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' 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 CornynFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Live coverage: Cruz faces O'Rourke in Texas debate showdown Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees 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 DurbinGOP senators: Mnuchin should not go to Saudi Arabia Durbin opposes Saudi arms sale over missing journalist Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? 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.