House Democrats are hopping mad because of the dirty trick they say Paul Ryan is playing on them–letting them have a vote on a bill they introduced. The three Democrats, for reasons best known to themselves, introduced a bill to abolish ICE. However, their plans went awry when instead of killing the bill in committee, Paul Ryan decided to let it reach the house floor. Daily Caller reports:
Three Democratic congressmen declared on Thursday that they will vote “no” on their own legislation if House Speaker Paul Ryan puts their bill on the floor.
Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Adriano Espaillat of New York introduced the Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement Act earlier Thursday, which would abolish ICE within one year of enactment, and also assemble a commission tasked with setting up a new immigration enforcement agency.
Hours later, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he planned to bring the proposed “Abolish ICE” bill to the floor, reported The Hill.
The three congressmen promptly released a joint statement accusing Ryan of not taking their bill seriously, and as an act of protest, they will vote down their own legislation and instead use the opportunity to discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy and ICE.
It is unclear why the bill was introduced in the first place, but the sponsoring Democrats are certainly not pleased Paul Ryan is making them go on record supporting it.