(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey said Sunday that he introduced immigration legislation just before Congress left town so he could get "lame-duck movement" on the bill after the November mid-term elections.
While Menendez made clear there was zero chance the bill would pass this year, he said the goal of proposing it was to get it moving through the legislative process as soon as possible.
"A lot of senators are retiring and might be willing to look at this issue," Menendez said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We need something to jump off from if we're going to go into it in the early part of the next Congress."
But Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas didn't leave the door open for a GOP compromise anytime soon.
"I hope to work with Sen. Menendez on immigration reform, but it's a much too important issue to be treated as a political football or try to jam through during a lame-duck session," Cornyn said.