Reid ‘Very Open To Working With’ Rubio On DREAM Act, Aide Says

A Senate Democratic aide tells TPM that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would be happy to work with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on his scaled-back DREAM Act, which he is preparing to release.

“Senator Reid is very open to working with Senator Rubio on immigration reform but as he said yesterday, we need to see a bill,” the aide said Monday. “Senator Rubio’s problem isn’t the Senate. Senate leadership are ready to work with Senator Rubio to move forward on immigration reform. The question is, ‘are John Boehner and Lamar Smith willing to do this’?”

As Reid did on Sunday, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the No. 2 and No. 3 Democrats, have also indicated they’d be willing to work with Rubio on his DREAM Act alternative, but want to see legislative language.

The Republican senator is angling to blame Dems for the likely failure of his proposal.

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