Marco Rubio says he will vote against his own immigration bill if major changes are not made.
"Rubio's turning on his own bill would be an extraordinary turn of events," writes conservative Byron York. "After playing a major role in drafting the legislation, Rubio has been its public face since then, making countless appearances on television, radio, and in print to gather support for the legislation. What has changed that would mean he would not vote for his own bill?"
Rubio said on Tuesday that he will only vote for the bill if it's changed so that the border security parts are stronger, and he said he's working with other Senators to add amendments doing just that. But those amendments are unlikely to pass. And in that case, Rubio told radio host Hugh Hewitt, he will not vote for the bill.
"If those amendments don't pass, then I think we've got a bill that isn't going to become law," said Rubio. "And I think we're wasting our time. So the answer is no."
Rubio's sudden need for stricter border security is all the more extraordinary because the bill's border provisions have already been made somewhat tighter since Rubio originally backed the bill, York reports.
It's possible that Rubio has simply decided to abandon a bill that he thinks won't pass under any circumstances.
Via the Washington Examiner.