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'Gang of Eight' Forecasts Immigration Bill Next Week

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On “Meet the Press” Schumer, right, said the Senate working group is likely to have an immigration bill drafted by next week.

“We’re much closer with labor and business agreeing on this guest-worker plan. That doesn’t mean we’ve crossed every I or dotted every T, or vice versa,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said on “Meet the Press.”

“We’ve still got a ways to go in terms of looking at the language and making sure that it’s everything we thought it would be,” Flake added. “But we’re closer, certainly.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican and member of the bipartisan group, issued a statement Sunday saying he is encouraged by the business-labor agreement and believes the Senate group will soon be able to agree on a legislative proposal.

But reports that the senators have already agreed on a bill are “premature,” Rubio said.

And in a nod to concerns of fellow Republicans, such as Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rubio underscored his opposition to rapidly moving the bill through the Senate.

“We will need a healthy public debate that includes committee hearings and the opportunity for other senators to improve our legislation with their own amendments,” he said. “In order to succeed, this process cannot be rushed or done in secret.”

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