Sen. Marco Rubio has some serious doubts as to whether the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill will hold up in the House or the Senate.
Some feisty Republicans are challenging the claim, widely held among GOP leaders, that the party must support more liberal immigration laws if it’s to be more competitive in presidential elections.
The Boston Marathon bombings cast a shadow Friday over the start of debate on legislation to remake the U.S. immigration system, as some Republicans argued that the role of two immigrant suspects raised questions about gaps in the system.
A bipartisan group of senators is almost ready to share with colleagues and voters an immigration overhaul crafted over several months.
A bipartisan immigration bill soon to be introduced in the Senate could exclude hundreds of thousands of immigrants here illegally from ever becoming U.S. citizens, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals.
The eight senators meet in private several times a week, alternating between Sen. John McCain’s and Sen. Charles Schumer’s offices. They sit in arm chairs arranged in a circle and sip water or soft drinks as they debate temporary workers and border security. In a capital riven by partisanship and gridlock, they are determined to be the exception and actually get something done.
Sen. Marco Rubio hammered on President Barack Obama on the economy, emphasizing that he wants to protect his neighbors, not the millionaires, from the president’s vision of a strong middle-class economy.
Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, vowing that they would guard against Washington-centric policies and help middle-class families rebound from years of tepid economic growth.
Marco Rubio is taking center stage as Republicans search for a new leader.
A group of a half-dozen House members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, is nearing completion of wide-ranging immigration legislation similar to proposals by Senate negotiators and President Barack Obama, including a pathway to legal immigration status for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S.