FOX News host Bret Baier told Arizona Independent Sen. Krysten Sinema on Monday that the latest border bill was “a pain to pass,” after he said he was a co-author. Ta.
Sinema appeared on “Special Report with Bret Baier” to discuss the new $118 billion Senate border security bill, called the Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act.The text of the bill has been published On Sunday night, Republican lawmakers were quick to criticize the deal.Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson Said If the bill passes the Senate, it would be “void on arrival” in the House. (Related: Senate releases text of long-awaited bipartisan border security bill)
After discussing his support for the deal, Baier asked Cinema if he had “read everything.” The Arizona senator responded that he not only read it, but “pretty much memorized it.”
“I have read this bill, but have you read it all, Senator?” Mr. Byer questioned.
“Yes, I'll tell you, Brett, I wrote this. Yes, that's right. In fact, I'm pretty close to memorizing it,” Sinema said.
Baier told Sinema that the bill “was a pain to pass,” and the Arizona senator laughed in agreement. (Related: Senate border bill hands $1.4 billion to NGOs assisting illegal immigrants)
“Yeah, it's a pain to go through,” Baier said.
“It was,” Sinema laughed. “So Sen. Lankford, Sen. Murphy, and I have worked together on this bill for the past four months. And as an independent who is neither Republican nor Democrat, my office has the ability to hold the pen, so to speak. But the three of us wrote this as an agreement. We don't all like everything in this package, but we agree with everything in this package.”
The border security deal comes after Mr. Johnson said House Republicans would not consider additional funding to Ukraine unless it also addressed the crisis at the southern border.
Before the documents were released, reports emerged that Republicans were concerned about potential problems with the bill, which would leave legal loopholes for undocumented immigrants. The more than 300-page agreement includes border security reform and aid for both Ukraine and Israel. The bill would put about $48 billion into Ukraine, $16 billion into Israel and $20.2 billion into U.S. border security, the paper said. Reuters.