Diaz-Balart: “We Are Running Out of Options” for Dreamers
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after he signed a discharge petition on H.Res 774, a resolution that would bring a series of immigration bills to the House floor through a the “queen-of-the-hill” vote.
“As I have said numerous times before, I have made it abundantly clear to House leadership that we need to fix our broken immigration system. I worked behind the scenes with members from both sides of the aisle and both chambers on a legislative proposal that could garner enough votes on the floor, which they rejected in 2014. I also gave them plenty of time to bring other commonsense bills to the floor through regular order, but enough is enough. We are running out of options. They have not acted, so we must take this drastic step with a discharge petition, and allow the People's House to record their votes on a legislative solution for children and young adults who came to the United States at the decision of a parent or guardian.
“It is time to vote on legislation that will provide a permanent solution for Dreamers. This problem will not solve itself. After many years of inaction from previous administrations and Democratic leadership, I am proud to join my colleagues in bringing forth this discharge petition. We must continue our work towards a reasonable solution that secures our borders, humanely deals with those living the in shadows, respects the rule of law, modernizes our visa system, and bolsters the economy.”
For over a decade, Diaz-Balart has been a leader on immigration in Congress. In 2014, he was dismayed when House leadership would not give his immigration legislation a vote on the House floor, and has since then continued to work with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and both chambers to find a solution to our country’s broken immigration system.
H.Res. 774 proposes to bring to the House floor the Securing America’s Future Act, the DREAM Act, the USA Act, and an immigration bill of Speaker Paul Ryan’s choice. The rule would allow bill sponsors the opportunity to amend language prior to debate and, ultimately, a vote. In this vote series, the bill receiving the highest number of votes exceeding 218 would pass the House under a rule known as “queen-of-the-hill.”
While queen-of-the-hill is rarely invoked, it has been successful as recently as 2015 when multiple budget proposals were considered.
H.Res. 774 would allow the House of Representatives to consider solutions for DACA recipients and Dreamers, border security, and broader immigration issues, which the majority of Americans agree should be addressed.