The House Democrats’ leadership is looking to move ahead with a plan to advance the president’s agenda on immigration and trade.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday she is still working out details for the legislation that would set out the steps the party would take to advance President Donald Trump’s agenda, but she made clear that the Democrats would push for the first major piece of legislation they can push for during the 2018 midterm elections.
“We’re still working on the legislation,” Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol.
“We’re not going to do it until after the election.”
Pelosi also said the Democrats will “not be doing this [first] in the summer” and “not in the winter.”
She said it is unclear when the House could vote on a bill.
But it appears the House is preparing for a long fight ahead, with Pelosi telling reporters that the House should have a “fear-free” vote on the immigration bill this fall.
“The House needs to have a fear-free vote in the fall,” Pelosi said.
“It needs to be in a fearless environment.
I’m confident we’ll get that done.”
The president has repeatedly called for immigration reform to be a top priority for Democrats.
He has made the issue a priority on the campaign trail, telling supporters that Republicans have “failed” to pass a comprehensive reform plan in the past.
Republicans, however, have repeatedly refused to support the president and have criticized Democrats for failing to pass their legislation.
“There’s a real urgency for the American people to get this done,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a Trump ally who chairs the House Freedom Caucus.
“If they don’t have the votes, we won’t pass it.
That’s the reality.
If they don’ t have the numbers, we don’t pass that.
If you don’t believe that, then we won’ t pass that.”
The House GOP caucus is currently working to come up with a unified immigration plan, according to the Hill, and has said it will push for a bill that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in exchange for the border wall that the president wants to build.
Republicans have not yet responded to a request for comment from The Hill.