Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, split with a bipartisan group crafting an immigration bill in the House, a move that bodes poorly for the chances of the lower chamber passing a single bill that reflects a compromise reached between the two parties.
Labrador, considered crucial to conservative support for a comprehensive approach, cited differences over language dealing with health insurance for immigrants.
"We just have a different philosophy. The Democratic Party believes that health insurance is a social responsibility of the nation. I believe that health insurance is an individual responsibility," Labrador said. "This might be the issue that breaks down immigration reform."
It is unclear exactly how Labrador will proceed, though he said he still expects an immigration bill, either bipartisan or Republican-authored, to pass the House. The other members of the Gang, including Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, John Carter and Sam Johnson of Texas, and Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Xavier Becerra of California, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and John Yarmuth of Kentucky, will continue to negotiate.
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