Sen. Ken Cucca, R-Va., said Tuesday he will sign the immigration reform legislation that passed the Senate with 51 votes on Monday night.
But he said he was concerned about the timing.
“I’m going to be signing it tonight, but it’s not until we get into January that we’re going to have the actual bill,” Cucccca told reporters after the vote.
“I’ve made clear from the beginning that I want to go into January with a plan.”
The Senate voted 98-1 on Monday to pass the bill that would make it easier for people from some countries to obtain legal status, including a path to citizenship for children of people who entered the country illegally.
It also would allow some undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status and work.
The bill now heads to the House, where Democrats hold a majority in both chambers.
Democrats, including Cucchea, have been lobbying for a bipartisan approach that would offer legal status to people already here illegally.
The measure has been blocked in the Republican-controlled Senate.
The Senate passed a separate bill earlier this month that would give more relief to people who have lived in the U.S. for years, and it’s also supported by some Democrats.GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas voted against the bipartisan legislation, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she was working to get a bipartisan bill through the Senate.