By Justin Sink
The Chamber of Commerce on Sunday debuted a new national television ad featuring top Republicans stressing the need for comprehensive immigration reform, as the Senate prepares for its final week of votes on the landmark legislation.
The commercial features clips of top Republicans, including Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioFlorida: 'High likelihood' of first Zika transmission in the US Overnight Healthcare: Rubio presses Obama to spend Zika money | FDA moves ahead with trans fat ban The Trail 2016: Her big night MORE (R-Fla.), and Rand PaulRand PaulGreen party candidate: People have 'real questions' about vaccines What to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses MORE (R-Ky.), and Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanApple's Tim Cook to hold fundraiser for Clinton Reid: Congress should return 'immediately' to fight Zika Classified briefings to begin for Clinton, Trump MORE (R-Wis.) discussing the ways in which the nation's immigration system is broken.
It will begin airing Monday as part of a seven-figure ad buy from the business lobby — the same day the Senate is scheduled to vote on a border security amendment expected to boost GOP support for the bill.
The so-called "border surge" amendment will nearly double the number of border patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as fund construction of 700 miles of fence.
In the clip, however, Paul is shown urging the country to "secure our borders, welcome our new neighbors and practice the values of freedom and family."
That sentiment is echoed by Rubio and Ryan in previous speeches highlighted in the ad.
"We all wish we didn't have this problem but leaving it the way it is, it's amnesty. We have to solve this problem," Rubio said.
The commercial will air on cable and radio stations, and a narrator makes the case that the immigration program reflects conservative values.
"Call Congress. End de facto amnesty. Create jobs and economic growth by supporting conservative immigration reforms," the narrator says.
The ad comes as the administration also is rallying support among business leaders, with President Obama meeting in the afternoon with nine executives at the White House to discuss the immigration bill.