Trump Tweets Ruined It All.
For weeks, House Republican leaders have been working behind closed doors to thread the needle on an immigration bill that could secure the support of the bulk on their conference.
On Friday morning, President Donald Trump ended all that with a tweet.
“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” Trump tweeted. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”
Now. The so-called “compromise” legislation — constructed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to make moderates and conservative happy — was already on life support before Trump came in and pulled the plug. A vote on the measure was originally scheduled for Thursday. It was then set for Friday. Then late Thursday, it was postponed until next week as GOP leaders insisted they saw a glimmer of hope to write a bill that might actually pass the House.
That hope is dead now. Imagine you are a conservative Republican resistant to the “compromise” bill because it provides a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. You now have every reason in the world not to come to the table and take a tough vote. The President literally said there was no point!
The question before Ryan and the rest of his leadership team is whether there’s even any merit in trying to push for a vote on the compromise bill next week — or even if it’s worth making some of the changes on things like E-verify that their members expressed a desire for over the past 48 hours.
The problem with pushing for a vote on a bill that’s doomed is you put your members in a very difficult place. Please vote for this legislation — that includes $25 billion to fund Trump’s border wall — even though it has zero chance of passing in the Senate and the President is on record as saying the fight is pointless.
On the other hand, moderates — and many members in swing districts — within the conference want to be able to vote on something regarding DACA before November so that they can go back to their constituents and say they are working hard to address the immigration problem.