House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke with his fellow Republican colleague Rep. Mike Coffman on Thursday. Ryan told Coffman to drop his efforts to force a vote on his bill to extend work permits and deferred deportations for young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Ryan said that he didn’t want Coffman to continue to push his bill because Congress is looking to create a long-term legislation to help DACA recipients receive legal status.
Coffman agreed with the Speaker but said that if nothing gets done within the six-month period that Donald Trump set he would again push his bill, which would extend protections under the DACA program for three years.
“I said that I would pull back on that to see how [Ryan] would do. What he didn’t want is two efforts simultaneously that are going at the same time, his effort to try to get our bill to the floor, and my effort to try to push a discharge petition,” Coffman said in an interview just off the House floor.
“But if he couldn’t bring something to the floor, then I would push the discharge petition.”
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