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Napolitano Cosponsors Bipartisan “Queen-of-the-Hill” Rule to Allow Debate on DACA Legislative Solutions

April 18, 2018
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) cosponsored the bipartisan “Queen-of-the-Hill” rule, H.Res.774, to allow a House floor debate on four DACA solution measures. Led by Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31), and Will Hurd (R-TX-23), H.Res.774 now has the support of 50 Republicans and 190 Democrats for a total of 240 cosponsors, easily surpassing the 218 votes needed to pass the measure through the House.

“We trust that now Speaker Ryan and the Republican leadership will yield to what the majority of Americans and the majority of House members clearly support,” Napolitano said. “An open floor debate to provide a narrow, permanent solution for Dreamers, whose lives have been hanging in the balance since President Trump cruelly terminated DACA in September of 2017, is urgent and long overdue. We are grateful to our Republican colleagues who have joined us in calling on Speaker Ryan to finally give us a vote to protect and provide certainty to Dreamers. If we remain united, we will prevail.”

If adopted, H.Res.774 would force a floor debate and vote on four amendments: the bipartisan clean Dream Act (H.R. 3440), offered by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40); the bipartisan USA Act (H.R. 4796), offered by Reps. Hurd and Aguilar; the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760), offered by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-06); and a bill to be offered by Speaker Paul Ryan. This “Queen-of-the-Hill” rule means that whichever proposal receives the most votes would be adopted by the House and sent to the Senate for consideration.

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