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 John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown 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 Owen McCarthy13 states accepted Sessions invitation to meeting on social media bias: report This week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos How the Trump tax law passed: Breaking the gridlock  MORE (R-Calif.) on Friday confirmed that the legislation — introduced by Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamTrump attacks Dems on farm bill House Republicans push for vote on Violence Against Women Act Steyer group launching 0,000 digital ad campaign targeting millennials MORE (R-Calif.), Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal MORE (R-Fla.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteJordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee House Judiciary chair threatens subpoena if DOJ doesn’t supply McCabe memos by Tuesday Rosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ 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 ScaliseOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel On The Money: Senate approves 4B spending bill | China imposes new tariffs on billion in US goods | Ross downplays new tariffs: 'Nobody's going to actually notice' 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."