Some Lawmakers Express Frustrations Regarding Border Deal

Some Lawmakers Express Frustrations Regarding Border Deal

( – Currently, the Senate is working on a bill to send to the House that addresses problems at the border and funding for Ukraine. While The New York Times reported that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said it wasn’t yet a “done deal,” the matters are complicated, and the lawmakers are trying to go about a solution in the right way. But not everyone in the Upper Chamber is happy about the upcoming proposal.

On January 23, The Hill reported that tensions in the Senate were high over the emerging deal that could hit the floor within the next few weeks. Schumer and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) have been meeting with President Joe Biden (D) to negotiate a deal that will be palatable for both chambers and the US leader. But several Republican senators feel they’re being kept in the dark about the impending legislation and aren’t happy about the details leaking out.

GOP Senators Ron Johnson (WI), Mike Lee (UT), and Ted Cruz (TX) believe the deal might ruin the chance for Republicans to keep the House in 2024. The Texas senator said he wanted to hand GOP lawmakers in the House a “life preserver,” not a “cement block.”

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) was concerned about whether or not he and his colleagues would have time to properly absorb the bill before it came to a vote. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said the Senate Republican conference isn’t in agreement on “sending more money to Ukraine” or the border piece.

Lee said GOP senators feel like they’re being “set up” by leadership in a rushed deal they want to bring to a vote before recess in February. While the Utah senator said he trusts Senator James Lankford (R-OK), who is involved in the bill discussions, the “rest of [them] are shut out,” and he doesn’t understand why.

According to The Hill, Braun believes no matter what the Senate passes, it won’t be accepted by the House. Johnson was also reported by AP as saying on January 26 that the deal may well be “dead on arrival” in the House.

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