President Biden on Monday urged Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to “pay attention to what the Senate is doing” regarding a border security bill unveiled by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House high.
“My message to President Johnson is to pay attention to what the Senate is doing. We reached a bipartisan agreement, so you will see the details of that this week, it will be presented on Wednesday,” Biden told reporters during a stop at a small business in Las Vegas.
Johnson declared the bill “dead on arrival” in the House, even if it clears the Senate, which instead wants to separate out elements of the bill that also include military aid to Israel.
“We don’t have enough officers. We don't have enough people. We don't have enough judges… We need help. Why don't they give me help? Biden added.
When asked how he expected the bill to pass the Senate, Biden responded, “With 60 votes, and you're going to watch,” but opposition to the bill from the Democrats and Republicans make the path to its adoption difficult to predict.
Senators from both parties unveiled a national security bill Sunday evening that included $20 billion for border security. It would give the federal government temporary power to expel migrants when the average number of daily crossings exceeds a set threshold, end “catch and release,” raise standards for vetting asylum applications and seek to process applications more quickly, among other provisions.
The bill also includes $60 billion in funding for Ukraine in its war against Russia, $14.1 billion for Israel in its fight against Hamas, as well as aid to India's allies. Pacific, reflecting a proposal made by the White House to Congress late last year shortly after. the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
Biden hailed the border legislation as a solid compromise and urged Congress to send it to his desk.
But hours after the bill was released, Johnson said the legislation was “even worse than we expected” and declared it “dead on arrival” in the House.
Democrats have argued for weeks that congressional Republicans reject any compromise on the border because it could be a political victory for Biden in an election year. Former President Trump repeatedly hammered Biden on the flow of migrants at the southern border, and polls have shown voters trust Trump more on immigration and the border.
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