WASHINGTON — The Latest on House Democrats demanding a vote on protections for an estimated 800,000 immigrants brought into the country as children. (all times local):
House Republicans have failed to gain the votes necessary to pass tax breaks for hurricane victims and continue federal aviation programs after Sept. 30.
GOP leaders needed a two-thirds majority to suspend the rules and pass the legislation, but Democratic lawmakers objected, in part to protest Republican leaders not including an amendment that would provide legal status for 800,000 young immigrants brought into the U.S. as children.
The vote was 245-171.
Still, the Democratic objections amount to a delay rather than a final defeat for the bill.
The vote gives way for negotiations that would keep the Federal Aviation Administration running after the month ends.
During the debate, Republicans urged Democrats not to delay tax relief for hurricane victims, but Democrats said the relief bill was inadequate and needed to be made much better.
House Democrats are demanding a vote on protections for an estimated 800,000 immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally.
Their strategy is throwing into jeopardy unrelated legislation to extend federal aviation programs and provide tax breaks for hurricane victims.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says “America’s patriotic young Dreamers” need swift action by Congress. Republicans had hoped to pass a package of legislation addressing the FAA and tax breaks for hurricane victims on an expedited basis, but opposition from Pelosi and other Democrats raised doubts about its prospects.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says Democrats are putting politics before disaster relief and air traffic safety. He says it is “shameful” that politics will trump meaningful relief for hurricane victims.”