“Steve Bannon is telling people he’s not coming after mainstream Republicans in the House the way he’s targeting senators with anti-establishment disrupters in primaries. Many in the House are looking over their shoulders all the same. ‘I can’t read Mr. Bannon’s mind,’ said” Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC 13), “who could well be on the list.”
“When Bannon met this month with” NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers “he told Stivers their goals are aligned. They’re ‘largely on the same page to defend and expand’ the party’s majority, though there ‘might be a race here or there’ where they clash, said Andrew Surabian, a Bannon associate and adviser to the Great America Alliance, a pro-Trump political organization.” (AP)
ON THE AIR. The Emerson Collective, an advocacy group led by Laurene Powell-Jobs, has launched a TV and digital ad campaign urging voters to ask their representative to pass the Dream Act. The ads will target Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA 39), Steve Knight (R-CA 25), Darrell Issa (R-CA 49), Mimi Walters (R-CA 45), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL 26), Martha McSally (R-AZ 02), Leonard Lance (R-NJ 07), Will Hurd (R-TX 23), Pete Sessions (R-TX 32), John Culberson (R-TX 07), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ 11), Mike Bishop (R-MI 08) and Ryan Costello (R-PA 06). (West Chester Daily Local)
WARNING POLLS. “Democrats lead their Republican rivals by 10.7 percent on the generic congressional ballot, according to the most recent RealClearPolitics average of available polling data. That mark is the highest that average has gone since just before the 2010 elections, where Republicans netted 63 House seats.” (The Hill)
BLAST FROM THE PAST. “One chairman quit early. The chairmen of four other full committees plus at least eight subcommittee chairmen are retiring or seeking other office. With still a year to go until the election, that’s the biggest exodus of the House members in charge of setting priorities and writing legislation since the 109th Congress in 2005-2006, when five Republican committee chairmen didn’t seek re-election. Democrats won a majority of House seats that year.” (Bloomberg)
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"The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases" in Texas and Arkansas, "as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border."
"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."
After a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in the House, 193-231, leaders "postponed a vote on a 'compromise' immigration proposal until Friday. ... GOP leaders, however, are under no impression that they'll be able to secure the 218 votes needed in the next 24 hours to pass the text. Rather, the delay is to give members more time to read the bill."