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Two more Republicans back immigration discharge petition

Two more Republicans back immigration discharge petition
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Reps. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoCook Political Report shifts 7 more races towards Dems Midterms put GOP centrists in peril Cyberattacks are a constant fear 17 years after 9/11 MORE (N.Y.) and Dave TrottDavid Alan TrottElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight House battlefield expands as ad wars hit new peak Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests 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 CurbeloDems see blue 'tsunami' in House as Senate path narrows GOP spokeswoman says Republicans will lose House seats in midterms Cook Political Report shifts 7 more races towards Dems 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 RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDemocrats in swing districts advised to avoid talking about immigration The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia McCarthy brother-in-law under scrutiny for earning federal contracts based on Native American identity claim MORE (R-Calif.) met with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE on a path forward on immigration Tuesday

Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisTrump endorses Walker Stapleton in Colorado gubernatorial race #MeToo madness could destroy male college athletes Clinton plans to campaign with Gillum in Florida MORE (Colo.) became the second Democrat to back the discharge petition on Wednesday.

--Updated at 3:09 p.m.