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

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBudowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey Democratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' Trump lashes out at Reagan Foundation after fundraising request 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 TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 HurdDemocrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Texas Democrats plan 7-figure ad buy to turn state blue Republicans face worsening outlook in battle for House MORE (R-Texas) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarHouse passes legislation to create Smithsonian Latino museum House panel approves amendment barring DACA deportations Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs 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 CurbeloThe Memo: GOP cringes at new Trump race controversy Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy Republicans can't exploit the left's climate extremism without a better idea MORE (R-Fla.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamBottom line Bottom line Lobbying world 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 GoodlattePress: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself USCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids MORE (R-Va.) and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulThe Global Fragility Act provides the tools to address long-term impacts of COVID House Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Hillicon Valley: Democrats request counterintelligence briefing | New pressure for election funding | Republicans urge retaliation against Chinese hackers 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.”