‘Worse than doing nothing’: GOP rips into Schumer-backed border bill

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Senate Republicans slammed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.Y.) and Democrats for reinstating a “fake” border bill, which had already been rejected by the Republican conference, for another test vote this week.

A group of Republicans led by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) held a press conference Wednesday as they prepare to take up the border bill again in the Senate.

“This bill is worse than doing nothing,” explained Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who pointed out several problems with the Democratic-backed bill.

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn led several Republicans in criticizing Sen. Chuck Schumer and Democrats for reinstating the failed border measure. (Getty Images)

He said the measure would “more efficiently encounter, process and turn away illegal immigrants” rather than focus on hardening the border, which Wisconsin Republicans say is counterproductive. It pointed out.

Several Republican senators have repeatedly asserted that President Biden currently has all the authority necessary to strengthen and secure the southern border and simply does not have the will to do so.

In fact, Sen. Eric Schmidt (R-Missouri) pointed out that they were “bragging about reversing” former President Trump’s border policies through executive orders.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer is trying to revive a border bill opposed by most Republicans ahead of the November election. (Getty Images)

The senators also criticized Democratic lawmakers for not taking up a House-backed border bill that addresses Republican priorities known as HR2. Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) called the bill a “great solution” that Democrats are seeking. I don’t feel like working on it.

According to Marshall, Americans will not be convinced by Democrats’ attempts to flip the script on Southerners, pointing out that the people are not “stupid.”

“They see the blood on the Democrats’ hands,” he said.

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Blackburn argued that the bill was brought to the floor this week because of Schumer’s desire to maintain a majority in the Senate and protect vulnerable incumbents. She called it an “election-year political stunt” to make it look like the party cares about the border and is acting to fix it.

In floor remarks Wednesday, Schumer foreshadowed Thursday’s consideration of the bill, explaining that “the only way to solve the border is through bipartisan legislation.”

The majority leader blasted HR 2, which Republicans urged to adopt instead, as a “highly partisan bill.”

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From left to right, Sens. Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown, Jacky Rosen, Tammy Baldwin, and Jon Tester face uncertain odds in the November election. (Getty Images)

“Our bipartisan border bill represents a real chance, in fact, the best chance in decades, to act on border security. Not just to make a political point, but to enact legislation. “That’s the case,” he argued.


The bill is expected to fail in a test vote Thursday. It failed to garner 60 votes in a key procedural vote in February, ending any chance of it being included in a foreign aid package at the time. Now, Republicans are once again poised to oppose the bill, with Democratic lawmakers also expressing opposition.

Democrats face one of the most difficult Senate election situations in years, with five incumbents vying for re-election in the nation’s most competitive race. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) The state Democratic Party is fighting for survival in each district. Races in battleground states and red states.