In the Senate, which is working on its own bill, the House version offered another opportunity to build bipartisan consensus on immigration reform.
As the Senate Judiciary Committee winds down its mark up Tuesday, the gang is working overtime to ensure that they have at least 70 votes on final passage. That way they can send a message to House Speaker John Boehner that both parties mean business.
But the House's bipartisan working group's bill is a key piece of the Senate gang's strategy.
"It helps us immensely to have the House with a bipartisan bill," says Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., "I hope they keep moving."
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., agrees that while the group has yet to finalize some essential details, the momentum coming from the House chamber puts the winds in the gang's sails.
"I think it is very helpful they are having these discussions," McCain says. "I think they are educating their colleagues and obviously, I understand there are some hang ups. But overall I applaud what they have been doing."