Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador told Bloomberg that a bipartisan group of eight U.S. House members may be holding their last meeting Thursday to attempt to agree on a compromise immigration bill. If they fail, he said, the Republicans will likely move ahead with a GOP bill, which would compromise efforts for a bipartisan solution already moving in the Senate.
Bloomberg’s Roxanna Tiron and Kathleen Hunter write that Labrador said the four Republicans and four Democrats are at an impasse over guest workers and health care for legal immigrants.
“If Democrats are unwilling to put certain issues aside, like we have had to as Republicans, then we probably have to proceed forward with a Republican bill,” Labrador told Bloomberg. “I am not willing to say it’s one last meeting, but I do know that there are some people that are just ready to move on.”
Labrador’s comments come midway through a story that quotes Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch saying he remains hopeful about a deal in the Senate to satisfy tech companies’ demands for skilled foreign workers. The Senate Judiciary Committee is working Thursday on its third day of making amendments to a bill brought by the Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight.”
Labrador has said his decision on challenge Republican Gov. Butch Otter in 2014 hinges on prospects for enacting the first major immigration reform since 1986.