Congressman Raul Labrador

8:25 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth: Immigration Talks Will 'Move Forward' Despite GOP Members Exit

John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth downplayed the exit of Republican Raul Labrador from a bipartisan group of lawmakers working on immigration reform.

The House "Gang of 8" was made up of four Republicans and four Democrats, including Yarmuth.

Lawmakers had been meeting in secret negotiations for months, but Labrador's departure came down to whether undocumented immigrants should be required to pay for their own health care on their pathway towards citizenship.

From Politico:

The problem, Labrador said, was an impasse over how the pending legislation would address the issue of health care for undocumented immigrants. That issue had recently emerged as a major sticking point between Democrats and Republicans, and the negotiations had teetered on the edge of collapse at least three times in the last several weeks before drawing closer to an agreement again.

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