The Gang had worked for about a month, negotiating and fine-tuning Portman’s language aimed at tightening new requirements for employers to verify the legality of their employees. Graham, GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Chuck Schumer of New York, all lobbied Portman to add his language to their bill.“We would have liked to have added Portman,” [ Sen. Bob] Corker said.But Portman had to pay a price: He had to vote for and co-sponsor the Gang’s bill, GOP aides familiar with the situation said.Portman wouldn’t commit to voting for the immigration bill even if his E-Verify language was included as part of the Corker-Hoeven package. So Senate negotiators dropped the Portman language from Corker-Hoeven, putting its future on an uncertain path.
June 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM EDT