House Budget Committee chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanRangel: Trump puts Ryan in tough spot Dems find voice with disruption Democrats plan 'day of action' to keep spotlight on guns MORE (R-Wis.) supports Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: 'I didn't run for the Senate to run for president again' Sunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval O'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' MORE's (R-Fla.) immigration reform blueprint.
Ryan's endorsement gives a boost to Rubio's efforts. Both Republicans are seen as potential GOP candidates for president in 2016.
Rubio outlined his preferred approach to immigration reform in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal. He argued the best way to tackle immigration reform would be through passing a series of bills instead of a single omnibus package.
Rubio also wants undocumented immigrants to come forward and go through a process to get legal status that could include background checks, paying a fine and back taxes and possibly community service. That process also includes the option of eventually becoming a citizen.
Legislators in both the House and the Senate have begun quiet negotiations on immigration reform. Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis GutierrezHispanic lawmakers face painful decision on Puerto Rico Frustration with White House builds in Hispanic caucus Puerto Rico debt relief faces serious challenges in Senate MORE (D-Ill.) a leading Democrat on immigration reform, has held discussions with Ryan on the topic.