Flake expects role in immigration reform talks next year

“Expect to be,” Flake told reporters while walking to Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) whip office.

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Flake, along with Sen.-elect Ted CruzTed CruzWounded Ryan faces new battle The mystery of Ivanka Trump Conservatism's worst enemy? The Freedom Caucus. MORE (R) of Texas and freshman Sen. 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 (R-Fla.), is expected to make up the core of any Republican group supporting bipartisan Senate immigration reform next year.

Sens. John McCainJohn McCainSenate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral Graham: Nunes should reveal surveillance source Intel Dem: White House is acting like ‘what a cover-up to a crime looks like’ MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral Graham: Nunes should reveal surveillance source Can Trump rebound after failure on healthcare bill? MORE (R-S.C.) will also play important roles. Graham has restarted talks with Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerNRA launches M Supreme Court ad Senate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral The real reason why ObamaCare repeal failed MORE (D-N.Y.) on a framework for reform.

Republican Party strategists say the party needs to improve its performance with Hispanic voters and persistent conservative opposition to comprehensive immigration reform has been a sore point with this crucial electoral bloc. 

President Obama has said passing immigration reform would be a priority in 2013 and last week House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerNunes rebuffs calls for recusal Wounded Ryan faces new battle Bottom Line MORE (R-Ohio) signaled support for addressing the issue, saying that a “comprehensive approach” was “long overdue.”