Moderate Republican senators urge firmer pledge on immigration from McConnell


WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Three moderate Republican U.S. senators on Monday, emerging from a bipartisan meeting aimed at trying to end the government shutdown, said there could enough support if Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell made a firmer commitment to move legislation that would address so-called Dreamer immigrants.

"It would ... be helpful if Senator McConnell's language were stronger," Senator Susan Collins, standing alongside fellow Republicans Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, told reporters.

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A jogger runs pas the U.S. Capitol during the third day of a government shutdown in Washington, U.S. January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22 : (L to R) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) talk to reporters after a meeting with a bipartisan group of moderate Senators in Collins' office on Capitol Hill, January 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers are continuing to seek a deal to end the government shutdown, now in day three. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks to reporters during the third day of a shut down of the federal government on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks from the Senate floor during the third day of a shut down of the federal government on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22 : (L to R) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) talk to reporters after a meeting with a bipartisan group of moderate Senators in Collins' office on Capitol Hill, January 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers are continuing to seek a deal to end the government shutdown, now in day three. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A notice about the government shutdown is seen on the door of the men's bathroom at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the first full week of the government shutdown in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
An idle forklift and building supplies are seen infront of the Lincoln Memorial on the first full week of the government shutdown in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives at the U.S. Capitol on January 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators continues to work toward finding a compromise to end the federal government shutdown that has entered its third day. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) leaves the office of Sen. Susan Collins following a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators January 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan group of senators continues to work toward finding a compromise to end the federal government shutdown that has entered it's third day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, walks to his office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Lawmakers failed to negotiate an end to the government shutdown Sunday despite a bipartisan effort to broker a deal, raising the political stakes as federal agencies begin closing at the start of their normal workweek. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A sign indicating that the National Archives Building is closed due to the federal government shutdown stands outside the building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Lawmakers failed to negotiate an end to the government shutdown Sunday despite a bipartisan effort to broker a deal, raising the political stakes as federal agencies begin closing at the start of their normal workweek. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

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