GOP leaders on Thursday night expressed frustration with the latest House GOP immigration bill that would give the green light to President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters that the Senate passed the bill, and he told reporters it “should be done.”
However, he said he has not yet seen the Senate version of the bill.
“I haven’t seen it yet,” McCarthy said.
“It’s still a work in progress.”
McCarthy also said the bill doesn’t address any of the immigration priorities that Trump has said he wants to implement.
“We have to be careful, we have to make sure we have a bill that addresses the president’s priorities,” he said.
A House GOP aide told Breitbart News that “the White House is looking forward to a final product that reflects the president and his priorities.
We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get it done.”
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he is hopeful that “there will be a final bill in the Senate.”
“It should be done,” Castro told reporters on Thursday.
“But I think we should be careful that we don’t do anything that is not going to be supported by the American people.”
Rep.-elect Jody Hice (R.-Ga.) also expressed hope that the bill will be approved.
“Hopefully, we can get a final version out and hopefully, that will be the first step to get the wall built,” Hice told reporters.
But the bill’s passage marks a setback for Republicans who were hoping to pass the legislation in the House and then take it up in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The bill has faced a number of obstacles since its introduction.
Republican Rep. Joe Barton (Texas), who was a key vote on the legislation, told reporters earlier this month that he was concerned that the GOP would not be able get 50 votes to pass a bill.
But on Thursday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) said that if Republicans can’t pass a Senate version, he plans to take up the bill with Democrats on Thursday afternoon.
Scalise added that he expects that House Republicans will have a final House bill by Thursday afternoon and the Senate will take it into consideration on Friday.
“If it doesn’t pass the Senate, we’re going to get back to the House,” he told a press conference.
“The House will have the final bill.
We will have final legislative action by the end of the day on the Senate bill.
The bill would allow Trump to build the wall that he has threatened to erect along the border, a project that has already faced significant opposition. “
So if we don, we will go back to a House bill.”
The bill would allow Trump to build the wall that he has threatened to erect along the border, a project that has already faced significant opposition.
Trump has threatened a border wall of up to 10,000 miles with no end in sight.
The Senate bill would provide funding for a border fence of 2,000 feet (610 meters) tall and 20 miles (32 kilometers) wide.
Trump, however, has said that he would like to see the border fence constructed with the help of private contractors.
On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) urged the House to vote on a version of House Republicans’ bill, as well.
“With over two dozen amendments, including amendments from a number members of Congress, and with the overwhelming support of the American public, we must make sure the wall is built,” Sanders said.