The New York Democrat told Hispanic media outlets Thursday he was confident a deal would be reached in the days ahead, although the group is unlikely to be unveiled before the end of the Easter recess.

“About 90 percent of the issues, including the path to citizenship, are settled,” Schumer said, adding that the group was meeting “hours” a day, and he was putting “more time into this than any other single issue.” …

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said a deal needs to happen quickly so a bill can be introduced and worked through committee. The fear is that if legislation drags on for too long, politicians will loose their nerve and the prospect of re-election will take precedence over getting something done.