Curbelo Welcomes Assurance House Will Take Up DACA, Will Support Spending Bill Later Today

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Washington, D.C., February 8, 2018 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), one of the key players in Congressional negotiations on immigration, issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by Speaker Paul Ryan the House of Representatives will move on to DACA legislation after the budget agreement:

One of my chief legislative priorities this Congress and the last, has been to forge a compromise on immigration that delivers a fair, permanent solution for young immigrants brought to our country as children, while securing the border so future illegal entry is discouraged and diminished. The main obstacles to that goal have been Congressional Leaders' refusal to allow each Chamber to consider legislation on the Floor and the objections of extremists in both parties.

“Yesterday I shared with the Speaker that in my view it was critical for him to explicitly rule out the possibility of inaction by the House on immigration legislation that includes a permanent solution on DACA. Today the Speaker delivered his strongest commitment yet that legislation will be considered on the floor of the House. Paired with the certainty the Senate will be holding a fair and open debate on immigration legislation next week, I am now more hopeful than ever a solution on DACA is within reach. With this significant development, I look forward to supporting today’s spending measure to keep the government open so we can move onto the important issue of immigration.”

BACKGROUND

One of the key players in Congressional negotiations on immigration, Curbelo has consistently made Dreamers a priority. In December and last month, Curbelo said he would continue withholding his support for government spending without “a time-certain commitment from leadership that there will be a vote” or “any measurable progress toward an immigration deal.” Curbelo previously voted against government spending in December and early January. On January 22, Curbelo voted in favor of a continuing resolution to reopen the government after the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders made a public commitment to address the issue on the Senate floor, but expressed he would reconsider support if that commitment had not been upheld by February 8th. Curbelo did not support a spending bill in the House earlier this week because he was concerned doing so would relieve the pressure to address DACA quickly.

Yesterday, Curbelo welcomed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assurance the “upcoming debate on DACA, border security, and other issues will be a process that is fair to all sides,” and the amendment process would “ensure a level playing field at the outset.” During his weekly press conference today, Speaker Ryan said, “We want a DACA solution… In order to shift our focus and get on to the next big priority, which is a DACA solution, we need to get this budget agreement done. And I said it once, and I’ll say it again, we will bring a DACA solution to the floor.”

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