Rubio and other GOP members of the Senate group had planned to brief their Republican colleagues on the proposal at an afternoon luncheon at the Capitol. And Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) along with other Democratic negotiators were scheduled to speak with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in order to build support for their plan.
"We want to get this done and get it right. People have waited a long time, so a day or two isn't going to matter," Schumer told reporters on the way to the CHC meeting.
But immigration briefing for Republicans did not happen at their meeting, some senators said that there was not enough time to talk about it since lawmakers also discussed new gun laws. But others speculated that it was because the Gang's was not prepared.
"I didn't get the impression there was any interest to get that done today [among the Gang of Eight]," Sen. Sessions said. "The impression I got was that they hoped to be able to do it next week."
Some congressional negotiators have themselves grown impatient about questions about the pace at which they are crafting the bill.
"Their frustration is totally justified," said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) "We should have had it done in one day, or an hour ... because we're just a bunch of jerks."