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The House passed a resolution Wednesday to rebuke cities that allow noncitizens to cast votes in certain local elections.
The nonbinding measure spearheaded by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySchiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House House GOP campaign arm raises .8 million in third quarter McCarthy raises nearly M so far this year MORE (R-Calif.) notes that while illegal immigrants are unable to vote in federal elections, they are able to register to vote for school board elections in places like San Francisco.
McCarthy, who is seeking to succeed retiring House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.), argued it's critical that the U.S. take strides to protect the legitimacy of its elections, whether it be from foreign interference or illegal voting. He said officials had expressed concerns to him about noncitizens voting.
"They feel that they're disenfranchised – that this is a movement that's going around with Democrat-controlled cities. That it dilutes why people work so hard to become citizens, it dilutes elections as well, too," he said.
"People want to make sure the elections are honest and fair and upheld," McCarthy added.
Democratic leaders scoffed at McCarthy's proposal, saying it's wasteful to use floor time on non-binding resolutions rather than bills that could become law.
"I would point out this is not a law, it’s a non-binding resolution. So there's a clear attempt to try to play gotcha with folks," said Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, at the weekly Caucus press conference.
"And instead of wasting time on a non-binding resolution, I would like to see the Republicans focused on getting the seven unfinished spending bills done, so we can keep the lights on in government," she added.
Rafael Bernal contributed.