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Jun 17, 2013 3:39 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Immigration bill could decide 2016, senator says


WASHINGTON (AP) - Two lawmakers who helped write a bipartisan immigration bill say Republicans' hopes to reclaim the White House in 2016 hinge on whether they support - or sabotage - the proposal.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Sunday warned conservatives who are trying to block the measure that they will hand Democrats the White House after 2016's election if they thwart the proposal.

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey went a step further and predicted "there'll never be a road to the White House for the Republican Party" if immigration overhaul fails to pass.

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says he won't commit to vote for the proposal he helped to write unless conservatives get the changes they want on security measures.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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