The House approved a bipartisan immigration measure Friday, one that would block President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily barred entry to the United States for people from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as freeze the nation’s refugee program for 120 days.
The measure, which passed 219-213, would block Trump from using funds from the Refugee Resettlement Program, which the administration has used to resettle refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan, as part of its bid to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Senate approved the bill by voice vote Thursday night, and now heads to Trump’s desk.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., praised the bipartisan vote.
The Senate has done the right thing, and I congratulate them for it,” he said.
McConnell added that the Senate would consider a version of the legislation, which he called a “very bipartisan bill” that would “reintroduce the President’s policy and end the executive order.”
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called it “unacceptable” that the House passed the bill without bipartisan support.”
I have no idea why this bill was not sent to the President for his signature,” Schumer said.
Senate Democrats also said they would work with Republican colleagues on a House version of their immigration bill, which could be sent to Trump for his approval.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R, Calif., said Friday that his GOP colleagues in the House “are going to take the House bill and send it to the president.”
He said he was confident it would pass, adding that it was “important to get a vote.””
There are a lot of good Republican votes in the Senate and a lot that are opposed to it, but there are good Republican Republicans in the U.
A number of House Republicans were skeptical about the bill. “
So we’ll see where it goes.”
A number of House Republicans were skeptical about the bill.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R., said the Senate bill should have been sent to him.
“If we have a House bill, I’ll send it right to the White House,” Ryan said.
But Democrats say the GOP-led Senate bill is a watered-down version of what they have proposed and a “total capitulation” to Trump.
“We have passed comprehensive immigration reform and now we have another bill that is watered down and not very progressive,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D, Ill., a leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“The fact that the President and Republicans are taking a bill that was passed by the House and then passing it to him is just unconscionable,” he added.
The House and Senate bills have been in the works since Trump’s order on Feb. 2, and Trump signed the measure on Feb 28.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif., said she and House Minority Leader Nancy Kucinich, D., Ill., voted against the Senate version because it included language that did not go far enough to protect people who are already here.
“It doesn’t go far in protecting people who already have valid visas,” she said.
The vote comes amid an ongoing fight over Trump’s revised travel ban, which has sparked protests and a lawsuit by California-based civil rights group.
The two chambers have been locked in a long-running legal fight over the revised ban that could have a broad impact on the country.
The Supreme Court on Friday will hear arguments in the case, which is currently before the justices on the U:S.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The White House and several Democrats have said the revised travel order, which they say targets terrorism and is needed to protect Americans from “radical Islamic terrorists,” does not target individuals who are in the country illegally and that it doesn’t violate the Constitution.
In the past week, the Supreme Court has also been hearing arguments on whether Trump’s travel ban can be upheld as a “compelling” government interest under the U and federal constitutional protections of free speech and free assembly.