House still plans immigration vote next week despite Trump's tweet

House still plans immigration vote next week despite Trump's tweet
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House GOP leaders plan to move forward with a compromise immigration bill next week despite a Friday morning tweet from President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE saying he thinks Republicans should hold off on immigration until after the midterm elections.

Trump said Republicans should "stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November," dealing a setback to lawmakers who were looking to get the president's support before casting their vote.


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE (R-Calif.) on Friday confirmed that the legislation — introduced by Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamBottom line Bottom line Business groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government MORE (R-Calif.), Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Biden's corporate tax hike is bad for growth — try a carbon tax instead Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE (R-Fla.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Judiciary Committee Chairman 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.) — will come to the floor before lawmakers leave for their July 4 recess.

"We have been working very closely with the entire conference taking all ideas in," McCarthy said Friday on the House floor. "We had a very productive conference last night, and we'll work through the weekend and will see that bill on the floor next week."

Changes to the legislation are expected to be made over the weekend. The measure was initially supposed to get a vote on Thursday and was then pushed back to Friday. It was delayed further after a conference meeting Thursday evening, when leadership said it would be postponed to the following week.

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublican who went maskless now says coronavirus 'wants to kill us' Republican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance House to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance MORE said he remains confident that Trump would sign the bill if it makes it through both chambers. The Louisiana Republican said he believes Trump is committed to fixing the issue, but that the president is frustrated with the lack of Democratic support on Republican-backed measures.

"We want to solve this problem and President Trump wants to solve this problem," Scalise said. "I think what he's doing in these tweets is expressing his frustration that Democrats are unwilling to work with anybody to actually vote for a legislative solution."

Scalise's comments come a day after a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in a 193-231 vote.

Democrats say Republican leaders haven't made an effort to bring up bipartisan legislation that could potentially make it to the president's desk, while McCarthy said Democrats were only open to supporting the discharge petition introduced by moderate Republicans, which would have forced votes on four immigration proposals.

"Not everybody gets what they want, because in that bill there won't be everything that I want," McCarthy said Friday on the House floor. "Not one person in this room will get everything they want. Will America be safer? Will America be better in the future? And will we have a system that works? The answer will be yes."