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Bill giving Venezuelans protected status failing in US House

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 19:52:39-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that seeks to protect thousands of Venezuelan citizens currently living in the United States from deportation by granting them Temporary Protected Status is failing in the House of Representatives.

A total of 154 Republicans have voted against the measure, denying it the support of two-thirds of the chamber's 435 voting members, a benchmark required for legislation considered under a procedure used to quickly pass non-controversial bills and known as "suspension of the rules."

A corresponding TPS has not move forward in the Senate since it was introduced in February.

TPS is granted to people from countries ravaged by natural disasters or war and lets them remain in the U.S. until the situation improves back home.