Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tells Meet the Press that an immigration bill will take a couple more weeks to complete.

The immigration reform process is moving slower than many of its prime supporters expected. Initially, the hope was to have bipartisan immigration reform proposals released at the beginning of this week in both the Senate and House, which now seems unlikely.

On Face the Nation, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the best case scenario is that the Gang of Eight reaching an agreement by the end of this week. “All of us have said that there will be no agreement until the eight of us agree to a big, specific bill but, hopefully, we can get that done by the end of the week.”

On Meet the Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) indicated he would probably be even longer before we see a final piece of legislation from the gang. Graham said they were, “hoping to get this thing done in the next couple of weeks.”

At this moment Macro Rubio (R-FL) is seen as the lynch pin for getting a Senate deal and he does not sound eager to move quickly.

While a few weeks of delay may not seem like a big deal, releasing the initial proposal is supposed to be only the beginning of a very long process. All sides claim to want a full committee mark up and a long floor debate on the bill. Every delay in getting to this first step pushes the entire timeline back.

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