“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.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.