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Rep. Sinema hopeful immigration vote gridlock coming to end

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PHOENIX — U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said a bipartisan effort on an immigration vote could get around roadblocks and put bills on the House floor soon.

A parliamentary procedure known as a discharge petition would set that vote into motion. “We’re only two signatures away from accomplishing that discharge petition. I believe we will get those signatures tonight if the Republicans are unable to come up with an agreement, Sinema said Thursday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News.

“We have the votes to force a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.”

House Republicans had scheduled an afternoon meeting to discuss immigration. a chief topic of conversation surrounds young adult immigrants brought here illegally as children, known as “Dreamers.”

“They’re having an internal disagreement about whether to move forward by supporting ‘Dreamers’ and matching it with ‘smart’ border security,” while others want “additional measures to vote on,” Sinema, a Democrat, said.

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) told Fox News, “It’s a big issue.

“How is it fair to grant … amnesty to people who are here illegally and put them in front of people who went through the long, torturous process (to obtain citizenship)?

Moderate Republicans who support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals unveiled the discharge petition in May. It would set up floor votes on four immigration proposals.

A discharge petition moves a bill out of committee, where the chair can refuse to put it on the agenda, to the floor. The discharge petition required 218 signatures.

The maneuver has been successful before, including in 2002, when the House forced a vote on the Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold’s campaign finance reform proposal.

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