“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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.