President Barack Obama complimented Sen. Marco Rubio for his work on immigration reform on NBC's “Today” program Wednesday.
“I think that he has been a very positive force, as have all the senators who’ve been involved,” Obama said in the interview, according to Politico
The Florida Republican is a member of the bipartisan Group of Eight senators who released an immigration reform bill Wednesday. The plan includes a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants and border security provisions.
“I think that you’ve seen great work on a bipartisan basis between Democratic and Republican senators,” the president said.
“So if you take that package together — one that’s supported by labor, that’s supported by business, that’s supported by advocacy groups, that’s supported by evangelical Christian groups — this is about as broad-based a coalition as you’re gonna get.”
Obama said he’s “confident” of achieving an immigration deal.
“My hope is not only that we . . . end up with an immigration bill that shows that we’re a nation of laws and a nation of citizens, that helps our economic growth, that helps us attract incredible talent to our shores,” he said.
“But I also hope that it kind of re-starts muscle memory in Congress for getting bipartisan legislation done.”
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