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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Juan C. Zapata
Marking the boldest move of his brief congressional career, Sen. Marco Rubio walked out on a limb this week by joining a move to pass comprehensive immigration reform — thrusting him into the middle of a thorny political debate that carries risk and reward for the freshman lawmaker.
"He just didn't see a lot of value in it, and he was always cautious of being viewed as only being interested in Hispanic issues because that might get in the way of his ambition of being speaker," said former Florida state Rep. Juan C. Zapata, the Republican who wrote the in-state tuition bill and the first Colombian-American elected to the Florida House.
Mr. Zapata said Mr. Rubio is "looking forward" once again and "sees that the political winds are changing."