GOP calls special conference meeting on immigration funding

House Republicans will huddle in a special conference meeting Friday morning to debate how to respond to President Obama’s executive action on immigration. 

GOP lawmakers were notified Thursday about the 10:30 a.m. closed-door meeting, a leadership aide said. 

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Republicans are grappling with how to craft a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with some pushing to attach language that would defund Obama's plan to defer deportations for millions of illegal immigrants.

Congress must pass a new spending bill for the DHS by Feb. 28, or the department could shut down.

Several GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.), Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyThe Go-Go's rock the stage at annual 'We Write the Songs' DC concert The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (Ala.) and Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtHouse advances B agriculture bill House advances B agriculture bill Dems advance bill defying Trump State Department cuts MORE (Ala.), have legislation ready that could be attached to the funding bill that would block the Obama administration from implementing the executive actions on immigration.

But the GOP-led Appropriations panel contends Congress, in order to stop Obama, would also need to pass legislation that would prevent the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from collecting user fees, its source of funding.

The White House is adamant that Obama will not sign a measure that rolls back his immigration action, setting up the potential for a funding showdown at the start of the new Congress.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said earlier in the week that he hoped to release the DHS funding bill on Friday and have it on the floor next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Senate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday the Senate would consider the funding in February, and promised the department would remain open.