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‘I Mean Dead On Arrival’: Mike Johnson Doubles Down On Blocking Border Bill

House Speaker Mike Johnson on Monday night doubled down on his declaration that the foreign aid and border security package negotiated in the Senate was “dead on arrival.”

This was announced by a person involved in the negotiations. sentence The bill was passed Sunday night after weeks of negotiations between Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. . House Republicans suggested the bill was dead on arrival Sunday night. (Related: 'The truth is not being told here': Sparks fly as Nancy Mace battles with Martha McCallum over Senate border bill)

“It didn't take long for us to realize on arrival that this person was dead,” Johnson told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “There's no way we can get this through the House. The Senate is counting on us to pass a bill, a bill you've dismantled so beautifully here. It's actually going to encourage more illegal immigration. It won't solve any problems, and it won't do anything to meaningfully reform our dysfunctional asylum system, our dysfunctional parole process, and everything else that led to this disaster. It probably won’t.”

Prime Minister Johnson added: “This bill itself actually does more harm than good, and that's why we argued that it can't get started here in the House of Commons.”

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of law It provides $60 billion in aid to Ukraine, another $14 billion to Israel, and allocates $20 billion for border security.

“The American people are running the show here. We represent our constituents,” Johnson told Ingraham. “The American people are on our side and they know this catastrophe is devastating for the country. Every state is a border state and everyone knows that.”

Mr Johnson criticized President Joe Biden for threatening to veto a unilateral aid bill for Israel.

“By the way, in the last 30 minutes, President Biden came out and said he would actually veto the bill, which is a clean funding bill to help our ally Israel in its time of greatest need,” Johnson said. . “Israel is at war, fighting for its very survival, and the president is currently putting our military at risk because of his deterrence against Iran. And he has no funds to abandon our allies right now. Are you suggesting we won't send it? That's outrageous.”

Johnson said Biden already has the authority to secure the border under current law.

“The president has existing powers under the statute and should use them. Prime Minister Johnson said he could suspend all immigration if he determined it was in the national interest. “That's just the law. That's what it says in Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Everyone should Google it and read it for themselves.”

Mr Johnson reiterated that the bill would not be debated in the House of Commons, despite pushback from MP Lankford, who claimed opposition to the bill was fueled by “misinformation”.

“If I told you he was dead on arrival,” Johnson later added. “That means he was dead on arrival.”

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