Schumer revives doomed border plan to protect five vulnerable senators

Faced with the threat of losing his slim majority come November, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer ramped up the revisionist narrative with a border bill redux.

Like a legislative “Weekend at Bernie’s,” the New York Democrat announced Sunday that the so-called “bipartisan agreement” would be making a return to the Senate floor despite no change in its doomed-to-fail trajectory. The latest coordinated effort from the left wasn’t flying with House Republicans who were all too prepared to call out the smokescreen for what it was.

“For more than three years now, Congressional Democrats have stood by while the Biden Administration has opened our borders to criminal drug cartels, terrorists, and untold millions of illegal immigrants,” asserted House Speaker Mike Johnson (LA) in a joint statement with the lower chambers GOP brass.

“Now, Leader Schumer is trying [to] give his vulnerable members cover by bringing a vote on a bill which has already failed once in the Senate because it would actually codify many of the disastrous Biden open border policies that created this crisis in the first place,” the statement with House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (LA), House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (MN)  and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (NY) continued. “Should it reach the House, the bill would be dead on arrival.”

In is “Dear Colleague” letter Sunday, Schumer had tried to drive home the election year narrative contending, “Back in January, the former President urged Congressional Republicans to kill the bipartisan bill, telling the world proudly to ‘blame it on me.’ The American people do not have the luxury of playing partisan blame games. They want bipartisan action to secure our border.”

He claimed, “Democrats’ commitment to act never waned.”

Of course, what he didn’t discuss as The Cook Political Report marked the re-election chances of Sens. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Jacky Rosen of Nevada and Jon Tester of Montana as either “toss-ups” or “lean Democratic,” was the actual reason for the bill’s failure.

Also considered merely leaning Democratic were the open seats in Arizona and Michigan, all while President Joe Biden’s polling in swing states heightened the risk of losses.

As had been regularly reiterated during debate over the bill, if enacted, the proposed legislation would facilitate nearly 2 million illegal entries into the country, maintaining the open border policies of the left that have led to chaos across the country.

The House GOP further called out the Democrat’s purposeful gaslighting on the border and noted how the lower chamber’s efforts had been negated by Schumer’s obstruction against actual security.

“Since the beginning of this Congress, the House has passed multiple pieces of bipartisan legislation to secure the border and deport criminal illegal immigrants, including the Laken Riley Act. All of them have been blocked by Schumer and Senate Democrats,” the statement read as it reiterated the House’s passage of H.R. 2, the Secure Our Border Act, that remained unaddressed by the upper chamber.

“If Senate Democrats were actually serious about solving the problem and ending the border catastrophe, they would bring up H.R. 2 and pass it this week,” the leaders wrote.

The coordinated effort by the left to frame the GOP as obstructing border security included a statement from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who touted talking points about the so-called “bipartisan agreement.”

“We strongly support this legislation and call on every Senator to put partisan politics aside and vote to secure the border,” she added.

Kevin Haggerty


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