President Biden blamed former President Donald Trump for growing opposition to the Democratic Party’s border safety invoice.
Biden claimed throughout a Tuesday press convention that Trump was deliberately sabotaging the invoice from behind the scenes.
“For much too long, as you all know, the immigration system has been broken, and it’s long past time to fix it. That’s why, months ago, I instructed my team to begin negotiations with a bipartisan group of senators to seriously and finally fix our immigration system.”
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“Now, all indications are this bill won’t even move forward to the Senate floor. Why? A simple reason: Donald Trump. Because Donald Trump thinks it’s bad for him politically,” Biden mentioned. “So for the last 24 hours, he’s done nothing, I’m told, but reach out to Republicans in the House and the Senate and threaten them and try to intimidate them to vote against this proposal. And looks like they’re caving.”
Republican opposition to the Senate’s bipartisan deal started with a trickle on Sunday night time earlier than turning into an avalanche of criticism by late Monday.
Democrats have accused Republicans of going again on their very own request for border coverage modifications in trade for supporting support to Ukraine. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., mentioned GOP opposition to the deal, significantly within the Senate, is a “dramatic transformation in Republican thought.”
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“You know, there’s more work to get this done, over the finish line. And I want to be clear: doing nothing is not an option. Republicans have to decide,” Biden mentioned Tuesday. “For years, they said they want to secure the border. Now they have the strongest border bill this country has ever seen. We’re seeing statements about how many oppose the bill now.”
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., mentioned Tuesday that House Republicans “welcome” the dysfunction wrought within the Senate over its border safety and supplemental support invoice.
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Johnson has made no secret of his opposition to the bipartisan deal, declaring it “dead on arrival” a number of instances since its launch on Sunday night time, together with throughout House GOP leaders’ common weekly press convention.
“Republicans simply cannot vote for the bill in good conscience, and that is why I declared it dead on arrival. And it looks like right now it may be in some jeopardy, it may be on life support in the Senate,” the speaker mentioned.
Fox News Digital’s Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.