On the Monday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, GOP strategist and co-founder of MustReadTexas.com Matt Mackowiak talked with Chad Hasty about the latest going on nationally and statewide.

Congress is back in session this week and now faces two pressing issues: immigration and gun control. On the topic of immigration, Mackowiak said that there is a noticeable split not just between Democrats and Republicans on the issue, but a split between Republicans themselves. He said some Republicans are against a comprehensive immigration reform because they equate earning a path to citizenship with amnesty.

"There are some Republicans who think we really need a comprehensive bill and need an earned path to citizenship. And there are some who are saying that equates to amnesty. So, there's going to be a little bit of a disagreement within the Republican party on immigration. My hope is that we do get a bill. I do think we need one, I think it's both good policy and good politics. But this is going to not go down easy I think."

There is also a split in the Republican party concerning gun control. Many of the "young gun" Republican senators such as Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have threatened to filibuster any sort of gun control measure the Senate tries to pass, and Mackowiak is siding with them. Mackowiak stated that the left is still trying to use the Sandy Hook shootings as an ideological excuse to take away guns, and that they still are not addressing the real issues.

You can listen to Matt Mackowiak Mondays at 9:35 during The Chad Hasty Show on NewsTalk 790 KFYO. You can also follow Mackowiak on Twitter: @MattMackowiak.