“President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to mitigate any damage from the leak of an immigration bill being drafted by the White House, telling a Spanish-language TV network he didn’t jeopardize negotiations with the Senate.
Leaks in Washington happen all the time, Obama said, and shouldn’t prevent immigration reform from moving forward. He said negotiations are continuing at full speed.
Members of a bipartisan Senate group taking the lead on immigration reform were caught off-guard over the weekend when details of Obama’s own bill were published on USA Today’s website. …
Some Republicans have questioned whether the leak of a competing bill tied makes it more difficult to strike a deal in the Senate. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, one of the Republicans in the group, said Obama’s plan injects partisanship into a tough process.