Speaker Johnson declares the Senate border bill a ‘non-starter’ for the House
House Speaker Mike Johnson reiterated his opposition to the Senate’s recent $118 billion border security and foreign aid package on Monday.
Johnson spoke on “The Ingraham Angle” about the package’s impact on immigration, arguing that it is still a “non-starter” in the House.
“What it would do is give more incentives to illegal immigrants,” Johnson told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “It won’t solve any of the problems, it won’t reform in a meaningful way whatever the broken asylum system, the broken parole process and everything that created this tragedy. They are not following federal law. Why would we do this anyway?”
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He also criticized fellow Republicans, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for their willingness to compromise on the issue and pushed back against any suggestions that the package could be passed in other ways.
“We are going to do everything within our power. When I said it’s dead on arrival, I mean dead on arrival. We need to work every other area we can and make sure we take care of our responsibilities here. House Republicans are dug in and ready to do it,” Johnson said.
“The Americans are running the show here. We are the representatives of our constituents. The American people are on our side. They recognize that this tragedy has been terrible for the country. every state is a border state. And everyone knows it.”
Johnson denied Biden’s claim that he does not have the authority to fix the border and blasted the president for threatening to cut aid to Israel beyond the border package. .
“This president shows weakness on the world stage. He is unwilling to fix the biggest crisis facing our country, which is the open border. They have just shown an incredible level of leadership that I think the American people are going to let them have. They are going to let their voices be heard at the election cycle. That’s why his polling is so low. The people will see what is happening here,” he said.
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The full text of the Senate border deal was released on Sunday. The package has the support of Senate leaders and President Biden. The agreement also includes funding for two US federations; $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel, and about $20 billion for controlling illegal immigration at the southern border.
However, the deal has faced significant pushback from Republicans and other conservatives. Many have attacked the deal for increasing work permits for migrants as well as allowing a seven-day average of 5,000 border crossings per day.
Johnson announced shortly after the bill was released that the bill would never pass the House.
“I’ve seen enough,” Johnson wrote on X. “This bill is even worse than we expected, and will not come close to ending the border disaster the President created. As the top Democratic negotiator said: Under this legislation, ‘the border will never close.’
He said, “If this bill reaches the House, it will be dead on arrival.”
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Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.