Immigration Plan Leaked, Chuck Hagel Confirmation

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We'll turn now to politics as details of president obama's proposal for immigration reform have begun leaking out including a plan that could pave the way for citizenship. Reena ninan joins us from the white house with that story. Reporter: Hi, bianna. The white house has been working on its own immigration reform bill but hasn't publicly reve revealed its details opting instead to allow congress to act first. It's a supposed white house plan for comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans are already calling it dead on arrival. Seriously flawed. "Usa today" claims a leak draft proposal circulating throughout various departments would allow illegal immigrants to obtain green cards within eight years and calls for increased border patrol funding, and expanded e-verify system so businesses can check employees' legal status. Republicans didn't hesitate to voice their discontent. Marco rubio said "if actually proposed, the president's bill would be dead on arrival in congress sleeving us with unsecured borders 'and broken legal immigration system for years to come." The white house has not publicly released the language for the bill but the president had warned congress he's poised to act if they don't move quickly on immigration reform. If congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, i will send up a bill based on my proposal. Reporter: Overnight the white house also rooshed this statement "the president has made clear the principles upon believes any commonsense immigration reform effort should be based. We continue to work in support of a bipartisan effort." The president with democratic senators here at the white house on wednesday. They're working on bipartisan legislation and they hope to have something to push forward in march. The president also telling univision going beyond that deadline would be a problem. Bianna. I'll take it from here. Will something actually get done on this issue? Let's go to jon karl in washington filling if for stephanopoulos on "this week." Hey, jon, given the unfriendly back and forth we heard from reena. Any potential for compromise on the path to citizen zip? Certainly is not a good sign, dan. There certainly is still potential for compromise. In fact, before this story broke thingsing looked really good on immigration. You had a bipartisan group in the senate, coming to agreement on a broad set of principles and sounding very positive and I'm getting something through but marco rubio is the path to immigration bill for this white house. And to have marco rubio coming out the way he did last night in response to this proposal and saying, it is seriously flawed dead on arrival in congress, major, major setback. The white house was doing this without any input from any republicans and they're really upset about it. They've got some damage control to do this morning. Jon, the other battle over chuck hagel, the president's choice for defense second. Republicans in the senate temporarily blocked his nomination. How rare is that and what does that say about the likelihood he'll get the job? Well, it's extremely rare. I have to say this is one of the most bizarre episodes I have covered in congress because you had republicans blocking his nomination, blocking the vote on his nomination. But saying that when they come back from their recess next week, that they will no longer block it. So it looks like he will get through without any problem but WHENEVER THERE'S a DeLay there are questions raised. Not a sure thing raising a question what they're trying to accomplish with a delay of a week or two ands that where it ds right now. Indication of how partisan things are in washington right now. Jon, thanks so much. Great to see you. A couple of very big names on jon's show, republican congressman and former vice presidential candidate paul ryan and newly appointed white house CHIEF OF STAFF denis McDonough coming up on "this week."

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