Republican moderates in the U.S. House late Tuesday were reportedly two signatures shy of forcing a vote on a proposal addressing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the Obama-era program for delaying deportations of those who entered the U.S. illegally as children.
Many believe the bill would have passed if it had reached the House floor. The moderate wing was promised a chance to vote next week on other immigration bills.
Moderates needed 218 votes on a “discharge petition” that would have forced a vote on the DACA proposal, but secured 216.
The parliamentary gambit – a rarely used tactic to circumvent committee approval and the speaker to bring a bill to the House floor – would’ve forced members to debate a series of immigration bills, including a more bipartisan one that has the backing of all Democrats and some…