During the 116th Congress
The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday agreed to two pro-immigrant amendments in the first direct floor votes on immigration today of the 116th Congress. Yesterday's House floor action occurred in connection with H.R. 268, a bill making supplemental appropriations for disaster assistance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, The measure also would make continuing appropriations for the shuttered departments and agencies of the federal government, through February 8, 2019.
The four Republicans who voted in favor of the McGovern Amendment were Representatives Amash (R-MI), DIaz-Balart (R-FL), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Gonzales-Colon (R-PR).
From an immigration perspective, that provision would extend funding through February 8, 2019, at Fiscal Year 2018 levels of funding for three departments of the federal government that perform significant immigration- and refugee-related functions: the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Justice. It also would extend four expired immigration programs through February 8, 2019,, by cross reference: the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Visa program, the Conrad 30 Medical Visa Waiver Program, the E-Verify Program, and the EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Center Program.
The measure has been forwarded to the Senate, which is not expected to act on it.