Via the LMT:
Forced by internal party rules to choose between immigration and government oversight, Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador elected to concentrate on the former during his final term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Labrador was named chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security this week. In order to accept the position, he had to give up his chairmanship of the House Natural Resources Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
During a brief telephone interview Thursday, Labrador said the rules of the Republican caucus only allow members to hold one chairmanship at a time. Given his plans to run for governor next year, he opted to spend his final term in Congress working on immigration reform.
“This is right up my alley,” he said. “Immigration is something I’ve worked on since I first came to Washington. I want to make sure we complete the work, and I think we have a fantastic opportunity to do that.”