Politico on immigration: “Whatever happens, it has to keep Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) satisfied. Rubio, a key member of the Gang of Eight, is shopping around a proposal to have Congress — not the Department of Homeland Security — write the border control strategy that would be a prerequisite for most of the other elements of reform. Rubio hasn’t yet landed on specific parameters, but, arguing that Americans don’t trust their government to get it right, Rubio wants lawmakers to craft the plan at the outset, rather than leave the details up to the Obama administration.”
More: “Rubio doesn’t see how the current version of the legislation gets enough votes to break a filibuster, let alone the 70-plus votes that Gang of Eight leaders want.”
(Just asking, but didn’t the “Gang of Eight” legislation already pass out of committee by a 13-5 vote, with three Republicans voting for the measure? Folks, that’s about as bipartisan as something gets nowadays.)
It also looks at how the current controversies are overshadowing other work on Congress’ agenda.
AP: “These days, lawmakers generally are holding fewer in-person public gatherings with constituents than they have in past years, evidenced by the smattering of such events last week during the Memorial Day congressional recess. Instead, members of Congress are relying far more on telephone and online forums, according to watchdog groups, political organizations and lawmakers themselves.”