House GOP Moderates, Conservatives Reach Deal to Vote on 2 Immigration Bills

WASHINGTON — Moderate and conservative Republicans in the House reached a deal late Tuesday to vote on two immigration measures next week, delaying, for now, the discharge petition effort by moderates to force immigration floor votes on a broader range of proposals.

“Members across the Republican Conference have negotiated directly and in good faith with each other for several weeks, and as a result, the House will consider two bills next week that will avert the discharge petition and resolve the border security and immigration issues,” said AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Strong did not share any additional details but said that the full House GOP Conference planned to discuss the plan at a closed-door conference meeting Wednesday morning.

This announcement came after both factions spent several hours negotiating the final terms of a compromise Tuesday evening.

Amid the talks, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., had said that his group would agree to a vote on a compromise bill — whose outline has been floated, but whose text has not yet been written yet — and a conservative bill that had been authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

Ahead of the deal Tuesday night, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., a sponsor of the discharge petition, said that Ryan had committed to keeping the House in session for several more hours Tuesday in order to allow more members the opportunity to sign on. As of about 10 p.m., the moderates were just two signatures short of the 218 needed to force floor votes on a range of proposals on June 25.

If the effort next week fails in some fashion, moderates could always return to the petition and gain signatures that could lead to a vote in July.

Tuesday’s deal follows a week of negotiations between conservatives and leadership that had been focused on a single immigration package that could be submitted for a floor vote. Moderates decided last week to make room for a possible compromise before moving forward with the petition, even as the two groups remained unable to close the gaps on the biggest sticking points, including protection and a path to citizenship for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Obama created in 2012 and which the Trump administration sought to put an end to last September.

By Rebecca Shabad for NBC NEWS/AOL
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