Sen. Lindsey Graham announced he will not be join other Republican Senators planning to filibuster any gun reform bills on CNN's State of the Union. "The only way I would filibuster a bill is if Sen. [Harry] Reid did not allow alternative amendments," Graham told Candy Crowley. Graham argued he would rather see the current system fixed and better enforced than see a new background check system pass. "I don't think" it will pass, Graham said. "Nothing we're talking about would not have prevented Newtown from happening. The guy [shooter Adam Lanza] did not fail a background check," the senator added. Graham also touched briefly on the bipartisan immigration reform bill he's working on with eight other Senators. The bill has been approved by all the overseers. It just need to be written, Graham said. "I think we've got a deal. We've got to write the legislation, but 2013, I hope, will be the year that we pass bipartisan immigration reform," Graham said. Graham assured Crowley it would pass easily because it satisfies everything that all parties are asking for. "It will pass the House because it secures our borders, it controls who gets a job... [and] the 11 million [undocumented immigrations] will have a pathway to citizenship, but it will be earned, it will be long, and it will be hard," Graham said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer -- one of the other eight Senators working on the immigration reform bill -- said he hoped the bill would make it to the Senate floor in May during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "I am very, very optimistic that we will have an agreement among the eight of us next week. Sen. [Patrick] Leahy has agreed to have extensive markup and debate on the bill in April, and then we go to the floor, God willing, in May," Schumer said. "With the agreement between business and labor, every major policy issue has been resolved on the Gang of Eight," he added. But there are still some major hurdles, he cautioned. For example, the language of the bill still has to be written and debated. "We're not going to come to a final agreement until we see draft legislative language and we agree on that. We drafted some of it already, the rest will be drafted this week," Schumer said. "I am very, very optimistic that we will have an agreement among the eight of us next week."