March 4, 2024

Speaker Mike Johnson Torches Foreign Aid Bill: Border Must Come First

The Senate is losing its time passing tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in international support with out border safety measures, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) advised in a Monday night time assertion.

In a press release issued lower than an hour earlier than the Senate started a sequence of procedural votes to waive budgetary factors of order and invoke cloture on the invoice, Johnson dismissed the efforts, suggesting the House wouldn’t convey up the invoice.

“In the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters,” Johnson mentioned. “America deserves better than the Senate’s status quo.”

Additional funding for Ukraine’s stalemate struggle in opposition to Russia has grown more and more unpopular with the Republican base regardless of pro-endless funding Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) claiming on the Senate ground Monday, “The vote we will soon take to provide military weapons for Ukraine is the most important vote we will ever take as United States senators.”

Johnson made clear that Congress ought to make progress in addressing America’s southern border earlier than even contemplating supplemental international support.

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“House Republicans were crystal clear from the very beginning of discussions that any so-called national security supplemental legislation must recognize that national security begins at our own border,” Johnson mentioned. “The House acted ten months ago to help enact transformative policy change by passing the Secure Our Border Act, and since then, including today, the Senate has failed to meet the moment.”

The invoice Johnson touts, sometimes called “H.R. 2” on Capitol Hill, is the usual demand for border hawks and House Republicans for Congressional motion on the border.

Johnson continued attacking the Senate’s continued give attention to passing international support whereas the border disaster continues:

The Senate did the suitable factor final week by rejecting the Ukraine-Taiwan-Gaza-Israel-Immigration laws because of its inadequate border provisions, and it ought to have gone again to the drafting board to amend the present invoice to incorporate actual border safety provisions that might really assist finish the continued disaster.

“Instead, the Senate’s foreign aid bill is silent on the most pressing issue facing our country.”

Johnson’s assertion sends a transparent message to any on-the-fence Republican senators {that a} politically perilous vote in favor of the international support bundle can be for naught. Yet the bundle seems set for passage.

Regardless, Johnson made clear that the House will proceed advocating for H.R. 2 and different border efforts earlier than contemplating extra international support.

“The mandate of national security supplemental legislation was to secure America’s own border before sending additional foreign aid around the world,” Johnson mentioned. “It is what the American people demand and deserve.”

Bradley Jaye is a Capitol Hill Correspondent for Breitbart News. Follow him on X/Twitter at @BradleyAJaye.