Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

    These 20 GOP senators are already opposed to the bipartisan border security proposal — and more could soon join them

    Sens. Ron Johnson, Eric Schmitt, Rick Scott, and Ted Cruz have been leading the charge in opposition to the bipartisan bill.

    20 GOP senators are already opposed to a new bipartisan border security proposal.It’s been less than 24 hours since its release, and the House GOP says it won’t even get a vote.Republicans, including Trump, argue the bill isn’t harsh enough.

    Nearly half of the Senate Republicans have announced that they will oppose a bipartisan agreement to toughen US immigration laws and enact new border security measures.

    In the less than 24 hours since the text of the agreement was released, 20 of the 49 GOP senators have publicly stated they are opposed to the legislation, which includes new funding for the detention of migrants, tough measures around asylum seekers, and gives the administration greater authorities to expel migrants if illegal border crossings exceed 5,000 per day.

    Several remain apparently undecided, including Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and Joni Ernst of Iowa, both members of the Senate GOP leadership.

    And just a handful of Senate Republicans are openly supportive of the legislation, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, who negotiated the deal with Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

    While the opposition isn’t yet enough to fully kill the bill in the Senate — just three Democrats have come out against the bill, which also includes another $60 billion in aid to Ukraine and more than $14 billion for Israel — it’s the latest sign that this issue of border security is unlikely to be addressed anytime soon.

    House GOP leadership has even declared that the bill won’t receive a vote in the lower chamber, saying in a joint statement earlier on Monday that the bill “fails in every policy area needed to secure our border.”

    Former President Donald Trump has forcefully come out against the agreement while also saying that changes to border policy “should not be tied to foreign aid in any way, shape, or form.”

    Yet that’s exactly what Republican senators insisted upon when President Joe Biden requested additional foreign aid from Congress in October.

    Generally speaking, House Republicans have pushed for a bill known as “HR 2,” which includes a curtailment of migrants’ ability to seek asylum while forcing the continued construction of a wall on the border. That bill passed the House along party lines earlier this year but has been rejected by Democrats.

    And while most of the GOP opposition stems from a desire for more stringent policies, some Republicans have suggested that they do not want to do anything that might help Biden politically.

    Here are the senators who have indicated their opposition to the deal:

    Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

    Mike Braun of Indiana

    Katie Britt of Alabama

    Ted Budd of North Carolina

    Tom Cotton of Arkansas

    Ted Cruz of Texas

    Steve Daines of Montana

    Bill Hagerty of Tennessee

    Josh Hawley of Missouri

    Ron Johnson of Wisconsin

    Mike Lee of Utah

    Roger Marshall of Kansas

    Rand Paul of Kentucky

    Jim Risch of Idaho

    Marco Rubio of Florida

    Eric Schmitt of Missouri

    Rick Scott of Florida

    Tommy Tuberville of Alabama

    JD Vance of Ohio

    Deb Fischer of Nebraska

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