White House Pushes for Bipartisan Border Bill Ahead of Senate Vote

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters following Democratic strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Schumer used a chart to recall that Republicans sank a bipartisan border bill earlier in the year at the behest of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(AURN News) – The White House is pushing for the Senate to pass a sweeping bipartisan bill aimed at what it claims will strengthen border security and overhaul the nation’s immigration system. House Republicans have already signaled the effort will go nowhere.

The Senate is expected to vote this week and in a statement, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the bill “would deliver the significant policy changes, resources, and personnel needed to secure our border and make our country safer.”

According to the White House, key provisions include hiring thousands of additional Border Patrol agents and immigration judges, investing in new technology to detect fentanyl, establishing quicker asylum case processing, granting emergency powers to temporarily shut down the border in crisis scenarios, and expanding legal immigration pathways.

“We strongly support this legislation and call on every Senator to put partisan politics aside and vote to secure the border,” Jean-Pierre stated. 

However, the bill faces long odds of ultimately becoming law. House Republicans wasted no time dismissing the Senate’s work. 

“Chuck Schumer is only bringing a vote on a failed immigration bill so his vulnerable Democrats can try & save face after standing by while Biden blew our border wide open,” Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) posted Monday on X, formerly Twitter.

While the crisis at the border continues, it’s clear that the partisan divide on Capitol Hill appears too wide to bridge.


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