BY ALAN FRAM, WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Republican lawmakers are beginning to collect signatures on a petition that would force election-year House votes on immigration legislation, and a leader of the group says they will garner enough support to succeed.
Republicans backing the drive have moderate immigration views. They want the House to vote on four measures, including a bipartisan compromise, a conservative bill and a liberal one.
Facing a strong chance that the bipartisan plan would prevail, House Speaker Paul Ryan has opposed the moderates’ effort.
He is expected to try to persuade Republicans to not sign the petition. But if a majority of House members sign, Ryan could not prevent a vote.
California GOP Rep. Jeff Denham is a leader of the group. He says he’s told Ryan he’ll get enough signatures to prevail.
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