Graham vows to table immigration reform bill if healthcare measure passes

One of the leading proponents of immigration reform vowed Friday to give up work toward immigration reform if healthcare legislation is passed this weekend. 

In an email and on Twitter today, Republican Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE (S.C.) said if the healthcare bill goes through this weekend, "that will, in my view, pretty much kill any chance of immigration reform passing the Senate this year."

Graham has been working with New York Democrat Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE on the framework for an immigration measure. Although immigration is likely a longshot either way, proponents of reform are trying to push the issue back toward hot-button status this year. 

Climate and a deal on closing Guantanamo Bay also are on Graham's agenda but he didn't mention either today. 

Schumer and Graham had an op-ed this morning in the Washington Post touting the need for bipartisan reform.