The Gang of Eight is pushing an aggressive lobbying campaign towards attempting to weaken the conservative attacks on immigration reform.
The bill was unveiled last Wednesday and shortly thereafter Republicans urged their colleagues over a radio talk show to stay calm until they have a chance to review and analyze the bill. Republicans are hoping to strengthen the GOP’s leverage with the Latino and moderate voters.
Sources state that the push is an attempt to ease the path for “complex” legislation in the Senate. Many proponents believe that if a broadly backed bill passed the Senate, House Republicans would have a hard time rejecting it.
“Defining the bill quickly is good,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the gang, in an interview. “We’re going to be aggressive in marketing the bill. We’re going to be open-minded about making it better. But this is an all-hands-on-deck approach.”
Sources out of Sen. Marco Rubio’s office stated on Wednesday that the rounds made to talk radio shows generated roughly 500 calls on immigration. 150 calls were made in favor of his bill. Other GOP senators are waiting to view the details of the bill before making a decision.
“I’ll take another look at it,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who voted to block the 2007 bill.
On the other hand, the Democratic senators met privately in a room full of immigration activist. The senators asked the activist to set aside their fears for the “greater good” of passing the bill.
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