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Curbelo to vote for spending bill without DACA fix

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Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo will vote in favor of a massive $300 billion spending bill even though a solution for 689,000 DACA recipients isn't included in the package. 

In a statement released Thursday, Curbelo said Speaker Paul Ryan "delivered his strongest commitment yet that legislation will be considered on the floor of the House." 

"One of my chief legislative priorities this Congress and the last, has been to forge a compromise on immigration that delivers a fair, permanent solution for young immigrants brought to our country as children, while securing the border so future illegal entry is discouraged and diminished," Curbelo said. "The main obstacles to that goal have been Congressional Leaders' refusal to allow each Chamber to consider legislation on the Floor and the objections of extremists in both parties."

Curbelo said Ryan's comments on Thursday morning were enough to sway his vote.

"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not," Ryan said during a press conference. "We will bring a solution to the floor, one the President will sign." 

Curbelo had voted against previous short-term spending bills, including one earlier this week, because a DACA solution wasn't imminent. 

Retiring Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said she will still vote against the bill due to concerns on immigration. 

“I will vote NO, as I have pledged to do so in the past,” Ros-Lehtinen said in an email. 

Ros-Lehtinen is the only Republican likely to vote against the spending bill over concerns on immigration. 

The bill, which funds the federal government past 11:59pm Thursday, faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives as some conservative Republicans will vote against it due to its effects on the deficit. Ryan will likely need Democratic votes to pass the spending bill, but its unclear whether Democratic leadership will persuade members to vote against it because of the lack of an immigration compromise.