House conservatives are cranking the vice on Speaker Paul Ryan, pressuring him to bring a partisan Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) bill to the floor despite congressional leadership's desire to get bipartisan legislation done in 2018, Politico reports.
Conservatives are pushing for action on a bill by Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, despite the fact it might not pass the House, most definitely would not pass the Senate, and certainly would undermine bipartisan efforts with Democrats.
The focus of Republican leaders' meeting with President Donald Trump at Camp David after the new year — bipartisan legislation.
House conservative aren't subscribing to that tack.
"It's important that something pass with the majority of the majority on immigration out of the House," Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told Politico. "Just allowing the Senate to lead is yielding our voting card to our Senate colleagues."
The Goodlatte bill checks the boxes on Trump's requirements and goes even further, including legislation cracking down on sanctuary cities and requiring employers to verify legal status of their employees, Politico reports.
Complicating efforts for Ryan is trying to figure out where Trump stands on the issue; the president traveled both ends of the immigration spectrum in less than a week.
The president just last week touted a two-phased "bill of love" for DACA recipients, drawing condemnation from his base, but then shifted into "tough talk" while crushing a bipartisan plan on DACA, drawing praise from his base.
Then Sunday, the president said "DACA is probably dead" because Democrats aren't really interested in solving the problem.
Meanwhile, as both sides quibble about whether Trump used vulgarities to describe Haitians and people from African countries, the shutdown watch is on ahead of Friday's deadline to fund the government.
Amid all of that, House conservatives are just eager to show they're doing conservative things.
Goodlatte's is "a good bill … I think it's something that bears consideration by the entire House," Rep. Bill Flores, a former leader of the Republican Study Committee, told Politico.
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