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Republican Congressman: White House Press Secretary ‘Lied To The American People’ [VIDEO]

Alex Griswold Media Reporter

Idaho Republican Congressman Raúl Labrador appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rundown,” telling host José Díaz-Balart that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest “lied to the American people” when he claimed Republicans weren’t willing to act on immigration reform. (VIDEO: White House Press Secretary: Obama Being Called ‘Emperor Obama’ Is A ‘Badge Of Honor’)

“It’s so sad that Josh came onto your show, and he once again lied to the American people,” he said. “It’s sad that the president continues to tell American people that we were not willing to work on immigration reform.”

“You know better than anybody; your brother [Republican Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart] and I worked for six months with the Democrats trying to get an immigration reform package put together. It was something that was going to be acceptable to the House, it was going to include all the areas of immigration that we needed to do. It was going to include border security, interior security.” (VIDEO: Diaz-Balart: Obama Was ‘Always Adamant That He Could Not Do More’ On Immigration)

“And the more the White House heard about what the House was doing, the more they interfered,” Labrador continued. “The president’s chief of staff at the time decided to call House Democrats and tell them they needed to stop negotiating with House Republicans, because they wanted the only vehicle for immigration reform, they wanted it to be the Senate bill.”

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