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May 16, 2014 1:47 PM by AP

Fight looming on military immigration measure

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican congressman from California says he plans to force a vote next week on legislation giving a path to citizenship to people here illegally who serve in the military.

The move by Rep. Jeff Denham could put House GOP leadership on the spot after months where it has refused to bring any immigration measure to a vote.

It could create a particular headache for Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who's facing a primary challenge from a tea party opponent who's made immigration an issue.

Denham says he'll offer his measure as an amendment to the annual defense bill.

It will come to a head Tuesday in the Rules Committee, controlled by the House GOP leadership, which will decide whether to allow his amendment to get a vote on the floor.

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