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McCarthy: There will be a June vote on Goodlatte immigration bill

McCarthy: There will be a June vote on Goodlatte immigration bill
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning' MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday said there will be a vote in June on hard-line immigration legislation that conservatives have been pushing for.

McCarthy, who controls the floor schedule, said he's already assured members of the House Freedom Caucus that the legislation from Reps. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteBottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself MORE (R-Va.) and Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulSunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home Senate bill would add visas, remove hurdles to program for Afghans who helped US House Democrats press key GOP senator to release hold on aid to Palestinians MORE (R-Texas) will reach the House floor.

"I've already told them we're going to give them a vote on Goodlatte, so I don't understand the difficulty," McCarthy said.

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Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have been threatening to withhold their votes for the farm bill — a bill that is a priority for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanZaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power The Hill's 12:30 Report - Senators back in session after late-night hold-up MORE (R-Wis.) — unless there is action on the Goodlatte bill, which would impose new limits on legal immigration in return for granting temporary status to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

DACA has allowed immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to live, work and go to school without fear of deportation.

While GOP leadership had hoped to bring up the farm bill on Friday, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBiden's no-drama White House chief Ex-Trump aide Meadows pushed DOJ to probe multiple election theories: report Trump working with Gingrich on policy agenda: report MORE (R-N.C.) said he would like to see a vote on the Goodlatte bill first.

 

Some Freedom Caucus members expressed doubt about McCarthy's commitment to have the vote on Goodlatte's bill, arguing that leaders have made that same promise in the past.

"It would have to be a bindable commitment," said one Freedom Caucus member, "and even then I'm not sure that would satisfy many." 

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseWisconsin state lawmaker compares museum mask policy to Nazi Party Overnight Health Care: Public option plan left out of Biden budget proposal | House Republicans demand congressional probe into COVID-19 origin | Half the total US population have received at least one vaccine dose House Republicans demand congressional probe into COVID-19 origin MORE (R-La.) said discussions with members on a path forward will continue. 

"Well, we've been talking to them about ways to resolve the differences between the two bills for a while, and we're working through some pretty complicated issues, but we're also making headway," he told The Hill. "So, we know we want to get a vote on the Goodlatte bill, I guess right now the question is when." 

Even if Goodlatte's bill reaches the House floor, it appears to have little chance of passing in its current form.

The bill, known as the Securing America's Future Act, only has 96 co-sponsors, well short of a majority.

Scott Wong contributed. Updated at 5:47 p.m.