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Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX) said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" roundtable that Latinos care about the same range of issues as other Americans, but tend to use immigration "to sort out who the good guys and bad guys are in politics."
He said laws like Arizona's help clarify who's on their side and who isn't.
Newt Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week" roundtable that Mitt Romney's campaign was sunk by remarks calling for "self-deportation" of undocumented immigrants and potraying 47 percent of Americans as dependent on government.
"I that and the 47 percent comment were fatal," said Gingrich, who Romney defeated in the primary.
Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week," House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the leaked White House proposal for immigration reform harms efforts to resolve the problem.
"I did think that his words were measured and productive in the State of the Union. But putting this -- leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction," he said. "By putting these details out without a guest worker program, without addressing future flow, by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line for immigrants who came here legally -- that tells us he's looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution."
"There are groups in the House and the Senate working together to get this done, and when he does things like this, it makes it much more difficult to do that. And that's why I think this particular move -- very counterproductive."
Ryan continued: "I have a long record on immigration reform. I'm not a Johnny-come-lately on this issue."
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) said Sunday on CNN's "State the Union" that there are "much better ways" to enact sequestration cuts but that they will take effect without any new revenues.
"Let me be very clear," he said. "These spending cuts are going to go through on March 1. Taxes are off the table. ... The Republican Party is not in any way going to trade tax increases for spending cuts."
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called for cutting the Affordable Care Act to replace the sequester.
"Here's my belief: let's take Obamacare and put it on the table," he said. "If you want to look at ways to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade, let's look at Obamacare. Let's don't destroy the military and just cut blindly across the board."
Now that Obamacare has survived at the Supreme Court and the ballot box, proponents and opponents of the law agree it's here to stay. But Republicans remain committed to botching its implementation, which -- along with inherent complexities in implementing parts of the law -- leaves in place significant obstacles to achieving its key goals.
Although the GOP's efforts to repeal, invalidate and defund the law have not succeeded, here are the four biggest obstacles the law faces in meeting its key goals:
The Communications Workers of America, which helped lead the outside charge for weakening the filibuster, issued a statement after the GOP-led filibuster of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, saying the vote demonstrates the need for "real reform."
CWA's senior director George Kohl slammed Republicans for "breaking with tradition" to filibuster a cabinet nominee, before turning his attention to Democrats who "worked to scuttle more substantial reforms."
“A real Senate reform package would have made the obstructionists hold the floor and keep 41 of their colleagues with them over a holiday weekend. Yet, Senator Levin, who is point person for this nomination via his position at the helm of the Armed Services Committee, opposed Senate rules reform and claimed that the rules already existed to keep those wishing to filibuster to hold the floor.
“Regardless of the ultimate outcome of the Hagel nomination, the news of the impending filibuster is a reminder that the Senate rules still need real reform, that the Republicans in the Senate remain intent on breaking new ground in Senate obstruction, and that Senate Democrats who worked to scuttle more substantial reforms have forfeited their right to complain.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Thursday on the floor that the chamber will hold a vote Friday on the confirmation of Chuck Hagel.
He fiercly attacked Republicans for holding up the nomination.
"In less than two hours, our country will be without a secretary of defense," he said. "The filibuster of Senator Hagel's confirmation is unprecedented. I repeat, not a single nominee for secretary of defense, ever in the history of our country, has been filibustered. Never, ever."
"There are serious consequences to this delay," Reid said. "It sends a terrible signal not only to our military personnel but to the world. ... For the sake of our national security it's time to put aside this political theater."
"This isn't a high school getting ready for a football game. We're trying to confirm somebody to run the defenses of our country -- the military of our country."