GOP presidential hopeful Marco RubioMarco RubioRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's Labor pick Senators introduce new Iran sanctions MORE on Monday said a controversial immigration reform bill he helped negotiate in 2013 was never meant to pass the Congress.
Rubio has taken criticism from fellow GOP presidential candidates for his role in the immigration package. On Monday, he suggested the bill was for show and he never expected House Republicans to go through with it.
“The Senate immigration law was not headed towards becoming law,” Rubio said Monday at a campaign appearance in South Carolina, according to NBC News. “Ideally, it was headed towards the House, where conservative members of the House were going to make it even better.”
This represents a sharp departure for Rubio, who previously called it a “good piece of legislation” that House Republicans should “take a look at."