(WASHINGTON) -- After putting much of his political capital on the line to lead the charge on comprehensive immigration reform, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is now backtracking on his position, calling for small immigration bills instead of a single sweeping piece of legislation like what the Senate passed this summer.
A spokesman for Rubio told Breitbart.com over the weekend that “a series of individual bills” on immigration reform may be more practical at this time.
“At this point, the most realistic way to make progress on immigration would be through a series of individual bills,” Alex Conant, a spokesman for Rubio, told Breitbart.com. “Any effort to use a limited bill as a ruse to trigger a conference that would then produce a comprehensive bill would be counterproductive. Furthermore, any such effort would fail, because any single senator can and will block conference unless such conference is specifically instructed to limit the conference to only the issue dealt with in the underlying bill.”
Rubio’s political standing among conservatives took a hit in recent months after he became the poster boy for immigration reform this summer as part of the bipartisan Gang of Eight.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have voiced their preference for a piecemeal approach to immigration reform.
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