Bipartisan Border Bill Set for Resurgence, Says Sen. Schumer

The bipartisan border agreement that a group of senators reached early this year will be brought back to the floor this week for a stand-alone vote, according to a letter written by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and sent on Sunday night.

In an attempt to redouble their efforts to control the Southern border in front of the 2024 election, Senate Democrats have decided to hold another vote on this proposal.

In a letter to his colleagues, Schumer stated that, “We are hopeful this bipartisan proposal will bring serious-minded Republicans back to the table to advance this bipartisan solution for our border. I will be honest: I do not expect all Democrats to support this legislation. Many of our colleagues do not support some of the provisions in this legislation, nor do I expect all Republicans to agree to every provision. But that is often how bipartisan legislation must be shaped when dealing with an issue as complex and politically charged as our nation’s immigration laws.”

In the end, it is quite doubtful that a vote on this legislation at this time will have a different result.

Over the course of several months, Sens. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and Chris Murphy, D-Ct., negotiated the bipartisan border plan. After Senate Republicans declared they would not support further aid to Ukraine without enacting measures to strengthen the country’s southern border, the legislation was drafted.

Months were spent behind closed doors by lawmakers negotiating the bill. However, at the behest of former President Donald Trump, the bill—which amended the parole and asylum provisions—was nearly unanimously rejected by the Senate Republican conference almost immediately after it was released.

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“The former President made clear he would rather preserve the issue for his campaign than solve the issue in a bipartisan fashion. On cue, many of our [Republican] colleagues abruptly reversed course on their prior support, announcing their new-found opposition to the bipartisan proposal,” Schumer stated.

Schumer announced that he will now have a separate vote on the border bill without anything attached to it after Senate Republicans eventually changed their minds and approved funding for Ukraine without any border stipulations.

Sen. Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina who had supported the bipartisan border talks until voting against moving forward with the final version in February, claimed Schumer was attempting to divert attention from a border issue that Tillis thought was ultimately the fault of President Biden.

“Let’s just be realistic. They are looking at the polls. They’re getting hammered; Biden is getting hammered for the failure at the border,” Tillis said. “So Schumer is going to do everything he can to say ‘nothing to see here this failure is not real’ and it is real. And he knows it won’t pass.”

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