Republicans Unite to Block ‘Fake Border Bill’ Backed by White House and Schumer

( – House and Senate Republicans united to block a proposed Democrat-backed border bill, supported by both President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.

In a May 19 letter to senators, Schumer stated he would bring an immigration bill rejected by the Senate in a 49-50 vote in February to the Senate floor again for a vote. He noted he was “hopeful” that the proposed legislation would “bring serious-minded Republicans back to the table.” However, this does not seem to be the case since the bill failed again!

He called the proposed bipartisan immigration bill, negotiated by Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, and Independent Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, “a tough, serious-minded, and – critically, bipartisan – proposal.” In February, Lankford was one of four Republicans who voted in favor of the proposal.

Many Republicans stated they knew the bill would fail.

On Twitter, Utah Sen. Mike Lee wrote that because the bill does nothing to secure the southern border, “the fake border bill will fail, again.” He noted that even Democrats would vote against the bill because “pretending to limit illegal immigration is a step too far for them.”

Florida Sen. Rick Scott called the revival of the bill “political theatre” in a post on Twitter, adding that Schumer wants voters to “think Republicans are to blame for Biden’s border crisis.”

Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt also referred to the bill’s revival as “kabuki theater.”

The bill needed 60 votes to pass in the Senate. House Speaker and Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson, Majority Leader and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, Majority Whip and Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, and Republican Conference Chairwoman and New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, said it’s “dead on arrival.” adding that the bill codifies “many of the disastrous Biden open border policies” that led to the border crisis. The lawmakers added that if Democrats want to solve the border crisis, “they would bring up H.R. 2 and pass it this week.” H.R. 2 has been disregarded by the Democrats, with Schumer stating the bill was full of “hard-right border policies.”

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