Chamber of Commerce Hires Top Marco Rubio Aide to Push Amnesty
A year after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was the face of the Senate's Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, one of his top immigration aides will help the Chamber of Commerce push amnesty legislation.
According to LegiStorm, "Jon Baselice, who covered immigration issues as Rubio's legislative assistant for the past four years, filed lobbying forms as the Chamber's new director for immigration policy." Baselice reportedly joined Rubio's office in January of 2011 and helped Rubio draft the Senate's immigration bill.
The Chamber of Commerce has been one of the most vocal proponents of comprehensive amnesty legislation, vowing to spend at least $50 million on the bill—that would lower the wages of American workers—and candidates who back it. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue has said he hoped that comprehensive amnesty legislation could be passed in the lame-duck session of Congress as the "final act."
After becoming the face of the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill last year, Rubio hardly talked about it in the months after as his poll numbers plummeted. But Rubio, who is likely gearing up for a White House run in 2016, has said that he would "absolutely try again" to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation if Republicans gain control of the Senate after the 2014 midterms.