“They are hoping to pass their own bill,” Flake said. “Whether they pass a comprehensive bill or just constituent elements of the bill, we don’t know. Either way we can conference with the House. But it’s better for us if we have a bipartisan bill that looks, I’m not saying more like the Senate bill, but is more comprehensive.”
Meanwhile, in announcing his departure from the House immigration group, Labrador warned that the issue of health subsidies could bring down the bill.
“If they are going to have the benefit of living in the United States, which is a privilege not a right, they should provide their own health insurance,” he told reporters.
“I think you’re going to see in the end, this might be the issue that breaks down immigration reform,” he added.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.