Jim Jordan dismissive of GOP compromise immigration bill

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocrat accuses GOP of opposing DC statehood because of 'race and partisanship' The Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' Trump slams Democrats as 'shameful' after Lewandowski hearing MORE (R-Ohio) on Tuesday all but waved Republicans off from supporting a compromise immigration bill that is slated for a critical vote on Wednesday.

Speaking on The Hill TV's "Rising," Jordan, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said that the conservative bill introduced by Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.) is the only legislation consistent with what Republicans promised voters in 2016.

"That bill is the right bill," Jordan said. "It’s the one we told American people we would do and it had 193 votes last week based on who was here. We only needed 19 more votes to pass."

The Goodlatte bill was rejected in a floor vote last week, though in gaining 193 GOP votes against united Democratic opposition, it did better than expected.

But Jordan had little of anything good to say about the compromise measure GOP leaders are brining to the floor on Wednesday.

He insisted that the substance of the conservative bill  — reducing legal immigration and funding construction of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE's border wall — needed to remain in tact.

"If there are small tweaks we can make to that bill, let's do it," Jordan said. "But that's the one that's consistent with the mandate of the election."

Jordan also appeared skeptical on Tuesday of the possibility of a more narrow immigration bill, saying Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) had already ruled out measures pushed by conservatives. 

"Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE has said there's no way we're going to pass Sen. [Ted] Cruz's (R-Texas) bill, in the House, Mr. [Mark] Meadows (R-N.C.) has a bill that would deal with the separation issue and reform our asylum laws," Jordan said.

— Max Greenwood