U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., may have been supportive of some immigration reform initially, but after Obama’s refusal to negotiate over the debt ceiling debate and government shutdown, he says he’s less optimistic about any substantial progress on the subject.
“I think there is less trust now than in the three years I’ve been here,” Gowdy told Greenville Online. “So when I hear the president say immigration reform is coming next? No, it’s not.”
Gowdy, who chairs a House immigration subcommittee, said Obama’s hardline stance on Obamacare will hurt any concessions on immigration reform, even though conservatives may have considered “stronger enforcement of immigration laws and fewer paths to citizenship,” according to Greenville Online.
Gowdy is not the only one who has grown skeptical of negotiating with Obama. U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told Breitbart.com it would be “crazy” to even attempt a compromise after the past two weeks. Breitbart reported:
“Absolutely not,” Labrador said on Wednesday in response to a question from Breitbart News whether the House should go to conference with the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill.
“If the president is going to show the same kind of good faith effort that he’s shown over the last couple of weeks, then I think it would be crazy for the House Republican leadership to enter into negotiations with them on immigration,” Labrador said. “And I’m a proponent of immigration reform.”
“So, I think what he has done over the last two and a half weeks – he’s trying to destroy the Republican Party. And I think that anything that we do right now with this president on immigration will be with that same goal in mind, which is to destroy the Republican Party and not get good policies,” he explained. “Like I said earlier, we agree on things on tax reform, we agree on things on entitlement reform, there are things that we are on the same page about and if he is unwilling to negotiate on those things I don’t see how he could in good faith negotiate with us on immigration.”
Congress will face the same issues in just a few months. Government will face another shutdown in January, and the debt limit resurfaces in February.