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Sen. Thune Agrees With McConnell: Immigration Not on Senate Agenda

By    |   Thursday, 07 June 2018 02:35 PM

Immigration and what to do about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order needs a solution, but the Senate probably won't bring it back on the floor without a bill that President Donald Trump would be willing to sign, Sen. John Thune, who chairs the Senate Republican Conference, said Thursday, echoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"We had a debate on immigration," the South Dakota Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"We spent a week on the floor. Everybody got their proposal out there and none of them received the necessary votes to pass. Absent some change, or get us 60 votes on the senate for some proposal and bill we could put on the president's desk that he would be willing to sign, I don't expect we are going to see that issue litigated again on the floor of the Senate."

McConnell Wednesday told Fox News that he could not see the Senate returning to discussing immigration this year, without a proposal Trump would be willing to sign, "so short answer, not on the agenda in the Senate."

"We will see what happens in the House and if they produce something and obviously, we want a solution to this problem," Thune said Thursday. "I have got a very simple solution. Legal, permanent legal status for DACA recipients in exchange for funding for the border wall.It you want to deal with just the basics. That, I think is, a solution that ought to have bipartisan support."

However there is already a lot on the Senate agenda this summer, but as for immigration, "it's going to take a change in some fashion" to get the necessary votes to bring it up again, the senator said.

Meanwhile, there have been complaints that the House has passed several bills that have not gone through the Senate, but Thune said the two chambers work differently.

"I was a member of the House of Representatives, so I know full well how the House works," said Thune. "They don't have the same procedures or rules that we have in the Senate. They have a Rules Committee which governs what comes to the floor. How many amendments are made in order. The time allotted for debate on each amendment. It's a very structured process. They can pass a lot of legislation."

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Immigration and what to do about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order needs a solution, but the Senate probably won't bring it back on the floor, Sen. John Thune, said Thursday, echoing Mitch McConnell.
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