Grassley, left, and Leahy expressed different views Monday on whether the Boston Marathon bombings should affect immigration legislation.
“The attack reinforces why immigration reform should be a lengthy, open and transparent process, so that we can ask and answer important questions surrounding every facet of the bill,” Rubio said. “But we still have a broken system that needs to be fixed.”
On Monday, Leahy urged his colleagues to work together during the amendment process to improve the bill rather than attempt to kill it.
“Too often in the recent past this committee has broken along partisan lines on compelling issues,” he said, referring to the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which ultimately passed the full Senate on a bipartisan vote, and the recent votes on gun legislation.
“I do not want to see comprehensive immigration reform fall victim to entrenched, partisan opposition,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.