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Central Valley Republican Leads Move to Force House Vote on ‘Dreamers’ Despite Party Leaders’ Objections

A bipartisan group of House members led by California’s Jeff Denham filed a petition Wednesday to force a vote on four immigration bills over the objections of Republican leadership.

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-CA, talks with constituents during a casual "Coffee and Conversation" at the Riverbank Teen Center on May 9, 2017 in Riverbank, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-CA, talks with constituents during a casual “Coffee and Conversation” at the Riverbank Teen Center on May 9, 2017 in Riverbank, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It’s rare for a Republican lawmaker to attempt to force a vote against the wishes of a House speaker from his own party. Getting the backing of enough colleagues to actually take advantage of the arcane maneuver is almost unheard of.

The petition needs signatures from a majority of House members to be considered. If at least 18 Republicans sign the petition, it is expected that all Democrats also will sign, providing the signatures needed to force a vote.

Denham, a Republican from Turlock, said in an interview beforehand that he expects over a dozen House Republicans to sign Wednesday morning, and he’s “extremely confident” that the rest of the GOP members he needs will follow closely behind.

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