Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Dem Senator: Congress will act on death of Saudi journalist Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist MORE (R-Tenn.) said Thursday his planned amendment to the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill is so tough on border security that it’s “almost overkill.”

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“For people who are concerned about border security, once they see what’s in this bill, it’s almost overkill,” Corker said on MSNBC’s "The Daily Rundown." 

“I think if that’s the issue that people have, I think everyone working together has come up with a way to deal with that issue, so I do hope that we can send it over to the House with some momentum.”

Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement on Thursday on a “border surge plan” that would replace the border security plan in the Gang of Eight bill with tougher language.

Corker, who spearheaded the agreement with Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenTrump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Overnight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate 74 protesters charged at Capitol in protest of Kavanaugh MORE (R-N.D.) wouldn’t discuss the details of the agreement before its planned afternoon release, but said it should “meet the concerns” of those who worry the reform package does not focus enough on border security.

The agreement is a breakthrough in Senate negotiations on a comprehensive immigration reform deal that is in the critical final stages of debate. Senate proponents of the plan are hopeful the bill will get an overwhelming majority of support so that it has momentum as it heads to the House.
 
Corker said he was optimistic the amendment would help the bill’s chances in the lower chamber.

“I know there’s been a lot of bipartisan discussions there,” he said. “My sense is that we have the best chance we’ve ever had to actually pass meaningful reform that does secure the border at the same time.”