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Pelosi says House will vote on bill to repeal travel ban

Pelosi says House will vote on bill to repeal travel ban
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a Senate vote | Pelosi, Mnuchin see progress, but no breakthrough | Trump, House lawyers return to court in fight over financial records Progress, but no breakthrough, on coronavirus relief McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a vote in Senate MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that the House will consider legislation in the coming weeks to repeal the Trump administration's travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.

Pelosi's announcement came on the third anniversary of Trump signing orders to suspend immigration from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia in his first week in office.

Pelosi said that the House would take up legislation authored by Rep. Judy ChuJudy May ChuDHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Hispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Lawmakers of color blast Trump administration for reportedly instructing agencies to end anti-bias training MORE (D-Calif.) to repeal the Trump administration's travel ban and limit the president from establishing future restrictions unless the administration provides specific evidence to justify it and consults with Congress. The bill, which Chu introduced last April, would also amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on religion.

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“House Democrats continue to stand opposed to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE’s cruel, un-American travel ban in all of its iterations. In the coming weeks, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up and bring to the floor the NO BAN Act to prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system and limit the President’s ability to impose such biased and bigoted restrictions," Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi did not specify when the House would consider the legislation. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMarijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE (D-N.Y.) announced later Monday morning that his panel would take up the bill in two weeks, meaning its markup is likely to occur around mid-February.

"It is essential that we take away the president's power to put prejudice into policy," Chu said at a press conference.

The announcement comes after Trump confirmed last week that he plans to expand the travel ban to more countries, though he did not list which ones. Multiple media outlets have reported that the countries could include Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

Any additions to the travel ban are certain to spark legal challenges.

The Supreme Court narrowly ruled in 2018 to uphold the third version of the travel ban, which applied to people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea to varying degrees. That version was watered down from the original travel ban, which also included Sudan and Iraq. The previous two iterations of the travel ban had been invalidated by lower-court rulings.