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Trump Falsely Claims He ‘Never Pushed’ House GOP To Vote For Immigration Bill

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Trump Falsely Claims He ‘Never Pushed’ House GOP To Vote For Immigration Bill





President Trump falsely claimed on Saturday that he “never pushed” congressional Republicans to pass a pair of immigration bills that included funding for his border wall despite tweeting in all-caps earlier this week: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL.”

“I never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold,” he tweeted. “I released many prior to the vote knowing we need more Republicans to win in Nov.”





Trump’s claim today directly contradicts a tweet from his account on Wednesday, insisting that “HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II,” referring to Republicans’ compromise immigration bill introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

The Hill notes:

Hours after Trump made the plea to Republicans, the House rejected the compromise measure on immigration in a worse-than-expected 121-300 vote. Votes on the bill had been delayed twice to give Republicans more time to win support.

The compromise bill gained fewer votes than a hard-line measure rejected by the House last week in a 193-231 vote.

Trump has repeatedly urged Senate Republicans to do away with the 60-vote minimum for blocking filibusters, arguing that until they did, Democrats would continue to block key GOP legislation.




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