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Immigration Not on Agenda at GOP Party Retreat

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By    |   Thursday, 01 February 2018 02:09 PM

Republican lawmakers at a party retreat to work on the congressional agenda do not have immigration as an official agenda topic, The Washington Post reported.

Sessions with members that are scheduled include infrastructure, workforce development, and the "national mood," but nothing on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Post reported, despite President Donald Trump's assertion that immigration would be discussed at the retreat.

Regardless, factions in the House and Senate continue to discuss a deal, the Post reported.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said he was puzzled that the issue is not on the retreat’s agenda.

"The most pressing, must-do issue that we have is immigration. It’s the thing that’s dividing Republicans and Democrats. It’s the thing that’s dividing Democrats and Democrats, and it’s the thing that’s dividing Republicans and Republicans," Meadows said in the Post report.

"So we’ve got to find a consensus to move forward, and to ignore that at a planning retreat is certainly not a prudent move," Meadows added.

Trump’s decision to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan by March 5 put the need for consensus at the forefront, the report said.

Federal spending levels are also at issue; Democrats have threatened to block appropriations bills until immigration is handled, The Post report said.

Thursday, Sen. John Thune, R-SD, discussed the possibility of passing a narrower immigration bill than what the White House proposed, while a leader of House Republicans embraced President Donald Trump’s entire plan, the report said.

Thune, the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, told reporters that a bill that addresses DACA recipients and border security alone "may be the best we can hope for," but Meadows called that a "nonstarter" in the House.

"There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done," said Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, in the Post’s report.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday that Congress needs to have a "plan B" if it cannot pass Trump’s immigration reform package.

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