Sen. Rick Scott: Schumer must include tighter border security to pass Biden funding bill

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) told reporters that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) probably doesn’t have the votes to pass President Biden’s supplemental package without tighter border controls added.

Scott told Fox News Digital in an interview Tuesday evening that Biden’s $106 billion national security supplemental package is dead on arrival if Democrats don’t submit to the Republicans’ border demands.

There’s going to have to be significant border security,” Scott, who is a member of the Homeland Security Committee, told the news outlet. “The border is a clear and present danger to the security of every American, and I think every Republican and hopefully some Democrats understand that.”

The question is whether Republicans will go for modifications, foolishly expecting Biden to follow the law, or play hardball, hinging Ukrainian aid on decreased border crossings.

“We will have to have something that is really tied to really reducing the number of people crossing the border, and this can’t be a small reduction. We need to reduce it the way Trump was able to reduce it,” Scott asserted.

“The only way we’re going to get a result is if we will not give Ukraine money unless it’s completely tied on a month-to-month basis to a reduction in number of people crossing the border. That’s the only way it’s going to work, and I believe that’s where everybody’s going to be,” he commented.

In order for the package to pass as it is currently written, Schumer would need nine Republicans to cross the aisle and vote with Democrats. That is highly unlikely to happen.

“Democrats in the upper chamber have a 51-49 majority, and any legislation will need at least 60 votes to advance. Any agreement will need to pass the GOP-controlled House before it makes it to Biden’s desk,” Fox News noted.

As early as next week, Schumer is expected to bring the package funding request to the floor for a vote. He made the announcement via a Dear Colleague letter Sunday night.

“The White House’s supplemental request, which was sent to Congress in October, includes $61.4 billion for Ukraine, $14.3 billion for Israel (with $10.6 billion allocated for military aid), $13.6 billion for some border security provisions and significant investments in Indo-Pacific security assistance totaling around $7.4 billion. Additionally, there’s $9 billion earmarked for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza,” Fox News explained.

As written, the supplemental request does not offer any policy reforms. It only proposes more funds for speeding up the processing of illegal immigrants.

Schumer whined at a press conference on Tuesday that “a handful of Republicans have dangerously tried to link Ukraine aid” to border security.

Schumer told reporters, “Republicans are making it difficult” for a bipartisan aid bill. He made that statement despite ongoing negotiations between both parties that took place over Thanksgiving recess.

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., have both signaled the GOP will pass more Ukraine funding if a deal is struck for tighter immigration laws,” Fox News concluded.


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