WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is defending a decision by GOP leaders to reject a Republican congressman’s effort to bring his immigration bill to a vote.

Boehner says the national defense bill isn’t the place for a vote on Congressman Jeff Denham’s measure offering citizenship to immigrants who serve in the military.

Denham intends to offer his measure as an amendment to the defense bill during a meeting of the House Rules Committee Tuesday.

House leaders, who control the Rules Committee, have made clear that Denham’s effort will be denied.

Boehner says there have been discussions about allowing Denham a stand-alone vote on his bill but no decision has been made.

The dispute comes with comprehensive immigration legislation stalled in the House. Even small-bore measures like Denham’s cannot gain support.