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Border Deal Struck, Text Remains Hidden

Senate Democrats’ chief negotiator has announced that a border deal is in place, but the cabal that engineered the deal will keep the details hidden until the last moment.

“We have an agreement,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced X on Friday morning predicted the Senate would continue to withhold details even as it rushed to vote.

“We will announce the bill this weekend and vote on it next week,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that he could release details of the bill by Sunday at the latest, triggering the necessary legislative triggers to expedite a vote on Monday morning. announced. Under Senate rules, the first vote to advance the bill is likely on Wednesday, with a final vote expected on Thursday or Friday, even with the fast-tracked schedule.

In Wednesday’s procedural vote, the 51 Senate Democrats will need nine Republicans to join them in order to conclude further debate and advance to a final vote.

If Republicans come together, they could slow the process and allow for further analysis and even changes to the bill, rather than immediately rejecting it.

The accelerated timeline reinforced predictions by deal skeptics that pro-deal supporters would push for a vote quickly before the deal was fully analyzed and grassroots opposition mobilized.

The Senate Republican Conference agreed that it would take two to three weeks to properly consider the impact of the deal, and passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

“The Republican conference passed my resolution that we need time to debate and amend any bill we are given,” Lee said. Posted at X before the deal was announced. “Just the weekend doesn’t mean anything.”

It remains to be seen whether Mr. Lee’s fellow Republicans will abide by the deal or bow to Mr. Schumer’s demands. But Murphy suggested the senators, once called “the world’s largest deliberative body,” needed to decide immediately where they stood.

“The time has come to make a decision,” Murphy said.

Bradley Jay is Breitbart News’ Capitol Hill correspondent. Follow him on X/Twitter. @BradleyAJay.

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