Skip to comments.Rubio: ‘I’m done’ if immigration bill includes gay couple amendment
Posted on 06/13/2013 9:35:08 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Rubio: Im done if immigration bill includes gay couple amendment The Ticket By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket 27 mins ago
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a co-author and key proponent of the Senate immigration bill, said he will revoke his support if an amendment is added that allows gay unauthorized immigrants to claim foreign same-sex partners as family.
"If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," Rubio said Thursday during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show. "I'm off it, and I've said that repeatedly. I don't think that's going to happen and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is."
The amendment, introduced by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, would grant green cards to foreign partners of gay unauthorized immigrants who seek legal status under new rules in the bill. Leahy originally introduced the measure during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the bill, but he withdrew it under pressure from Republican lawmakers who said it would reduce the chance of the bill passing.
The effort underway in Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration system is a bipartisan one, and its success hinges on a fragile coalition of political, business and religious groups that span the ideological spectrum. Opponents of Leahy's amendment have said repeatedly that his proposal would cause some key groups to withdraw their support and kill the bill. Rubio's exit would be especially devastating to its survival.
The Senate is expected to vote on Leahy's amendment soon.
In the interview, Rubio also said that as the bill is currently written, it has "no chance" of passing.
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No offense to Rubio, but that’s the least of the troubles with this bill.
So in other words they are adding it and he’ll reluctantly agree to it when it was probably his idea the whole time.
Rubio, as far as I’m concerned, you’re done, period.
Misdirection. Looks like Rubio may be feeling the heat and looking for a way out.
He lost me long ago on this.
IOW...just go the eff away, Marco...
Red herring! No border security? I’m all in. But the gay amendment, well that’s a bridge too far. Please!
It’s the old “will you support the bill if we pull that amemdnment” gambit. They just pulled that two weeks ago in committee you idiot!
But I’m not fooled. All these people are willing dupes.
Someone please tell me why we should believe this pathetic RINO.
At this point I think he has his finger’s crossed, hoping he can weasel his way out of this thing.
Rubio is already forked toast.
Agreed. What a nonentity Rubio is.
Somebody’s feeling the heat but the goose is already cooked. Of course gay couples will be included in the bill. Does he really expect restraint from progressives? And he’ll vote for it or be declared a hater and a bigot.
I sent the guy money and voted for thin...no more money and no vote..there must be something in the air or water up there...
About the only hope is to put in a "straight only" clause and make it explicitly inseverable from the rest of the law so the court has to throw out the whole law to throw out the straights only part. Or the court could just ignore the inseverable specification.
Talk to the hand, Marco.
I think Rubio would be thankful for this chance to bail.
Seems like I’ve heard him make similar promises before...only about border security or some such.
Marco really stepped on his future....