Democrats pushed through the idea of an ‘abolish ICE’ bill that quickly divided their party. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as the two parties rally ahead of the midterm elections- perfect for Republicans, that is. After the bill was introduced, Democrats not willing to lose potential swing voters backed away in droves.
It looks like Republicans might hold them to their threats…
According to the Washington Examiner, House Republicans are split over whether it’s politically or practically smart to force Democrats to vote on their unpopular proposal to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the coming weeks.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday he would bring a bill to the floor written by Democrats that would end ICE in a year and farm out some of its functions to other parts of the government. But the vote may not happen after all thanks to a division in the GOP ranks.
Republican conservatives favor holding the vote because, they say, it would force Democrats to take a position on a proposal that has garnered significant opposition in the polls and is backed by a faction of the most politically safe and left-leaning lawmakers in their party.
As Reported By Politico:
GOP leaders are also considering holding a vote on a “Medicare for All” proposal supported by progressives. That vote could take place in several weeks, said GOP sources.
The proposals, which have become a rallying cry on the left, aren’t supported by party leaders or moderates, who warn it threatens to alienate independent voters in critical districts they need to win back the House.
Multiple GOP sources said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) pushed for the “Abolish ICE“ bill to get a vote during a Republican Study Committee meeting Thursday, then again in a whip team huddle.
GOP members loved the idea: putting Democrats on record backing a measure that could turn off swing voters — or voting no and rebuking their own colleagues. It would also be an easy unifier for House Republicans, who are still licking their wounds from their own divisive immigration battle last month.
Republican leadership aides say a floor vote is likely later this month.