Lawmakers in Washington won't touch hot-button issues such as immigration and tax reform next year, but they also won't shut down the federal government again, two Beltway insiders told CNBC on Friday.
House Republicans won't address immigration reform because of midterm elections next year, Capital Alpha Partners Managing Director Chuck Gabriel told CNBC on "Squawk Box." They also want the White House to commit to an immigration enforcement policy before they'd consider Democratic proposals, he said.
"It really is a nonstarter," Gabriel said, "largely because House Republicans are looking at re-election in carefully crafted red-state Republican districts, and this doesn't buy them anything."
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