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The House's vote on immigration

The House voted on immigration on Thursday. But it wasn't on an effort to reform our broken system, or on the bipartisan bill the Senate passed more than 500 days ago.

Nope. Instead, House leaders held a vote that would make our broken immigration system worse.

Unproductive doesn't begin to describe it. It's all part of a pattern of payback politics—lawsuits, talks of impeachment and shutting down the government, all because the President took common-sense action in the face of congressional gridlock to make our nation and families stronger.

This has to end, right here and now—tell House leadership to put an end to payback politics, and get to work to find solutions.

Even the House bill's sponsor called it a "symbolic message" —but it's hardly symbolic to the millions of families who could be torn apart by the bill they're considering today. And it's just one more thing they've done with the time they could be using to vote on comprehensive immigration reform.

Senator Ted Cruz talked about blocking the President's executive and judicial nominations as punishment. Another group of lawmakers proposed refusing to permanently extend tax credits for working families, in a move The New York Times described as "payback."

And now, with just a week to go until Congress must vote to fund the government, extreme voices in the House are proposing actions that threaten to shut down the government. That can't happen. It's time for us all to stand up and tell leaders in Congress: "No more payback politics."

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