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GOP congressman pushes for immigration vote

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 2:52 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman is pressing for a vote on his immigration legislation over House GOP leadership objections.

Rep. Jeff Denham of California on Monday filed his bill as an amendment to the sweeping defense policy measure that the House will consider this week.

Denham's legislation would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children and serve in the military.

The House Rules Committee will decide on Tuesday on what amendments the House will vote on during work on the defense bill, which should be completed by week's end. A spokesman for Majority Leader Eric Cantor said last Friday that leaders would block a vote on the immigration measure.

The GOP-led Rules panel rarely breaks with the leadership, following its wishes.

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