By Alexander Bolton - 11/13/12 04:47 PM EST
“Expect to be,” Flake told reporters while walking to Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) whip office.
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will also play important roles. Graham has restarted talks with Sen. Charles Schumer (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 Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled support for addressing the issue, saying that a “comprehensive approach” was “long overdue.”