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Rubio: “We do need to improve the border security part of the bill. … A bunch of senators have been working on it. A lot of Republicans want to be supportive of something, but need to be able to go back home and tell people that they have taken serious steps to make sure this never happens again. … It is going to have to be in there or this is not going to pass.”


Excerpts from interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” with Ed Morrissey
Senator Marco Rubio
June 13, 2013
http://youtu.be/AvHJScS2LZ4

Senator Marco Rubio: “I don’t want to leave the border plan up to the Department of Homeland Security and Janet Napolitano. That is a mistake that is in the current bill. I think what we need to do is detail minimum standards, at a minimum what the border plan should be, and detail it. It must have this.”

Ed Morrissey: “When do you think we are going to see an alternative we can actually rundown? Because here is the problem, the way that the bill is drafted at the moment, and I understand you are talking about adding an amendment, but the way the bill is drafted at the moment, it does leave border security to the discretion of Janet Napolitano or whoever the DHS Secretary is.”

Rubio: “Right, we have to change that. ... That’s what we’re working on accomplishing. I don’t think without it it’ll have the 60 votes to pass the Senate, much less the House. I’ve said that repeatedly now for weeks. I think you’ll see something, God willing, early next week so people can start to look at it. A bunch of senators have been working on it. A lot of Republicans want to be supportive of something, but need to be able to go back home and tell people that they have taken serious steps to make sure this never happens again. Like I said, it is going to have to happen. It is going to have to be in there or this is not going to pass.”

Rubio: “We’ve heard … from the border patrol agents. The people on the front lines on the border. Not only have I met with them, but other senators have met with them. We’ve gotten a lot of input from them. That’s some of the stuff that’s going to be in the specific plan. I mean, in essence, we don’t want to hear from the administrator – we don’t want to hear from Janet Napolitano. We want to hear from the people that are on the front lines trying to secure the border. And we’re taking all the ideas they’re giving us and we’re working it into that specific plan, that should be available, God willing, next week.”