Rubio no longer supports comprehensive approach to immigration bill
WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio, who helped write the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill, has shifted back to his original position that piecemeal legislation is the way forward.
"We've been lectured for the better part of a month now how we need to be realistic, that Barack Obama was not going to repeal Obamacare," Rubio said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "Likewise, I think supporters of immigration reform need to be realistic. The House is just not going to jump on board for whatever the Senate passes."
That's been evident for months. But in recent interviews the Florida Republican has sounded more distant from the Senate legislation. On CNN on Friday, a casual viewer could have assumed that he had nothing to do with it — as he referred to "whatever the Democrats in the Senate are demanding."
Rubio even opposes using the Senate bill as a negotiating point in a conference if the House can manage to pass a limited bill.
"Any effort to use a limited bill as a ruse to trigger a conference that would then produce a comprehensive bill would be counterproductive. Furthermore, any such effort would fail because any single senator can and will block conference unless such conference is specifically instructed to limit the conference to only the issue dealt with in the underlying bill," Rubio spokesman Alex Conant told Breitbart News.
Politically, there is truth to what Rubio says. The House is a sticking point. Even the White House has softened demands for one big bill, though the president still wants a comprehensive approach.
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