House Speaker Mike Johnson warned Monday that he may not bring the massive foreign aid bill under consideration in the Senate to a vote because it doesn’t address border security, saying that the lower house will “work of its own accord” to resolve the problem.
The bill, which provides $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, cleared three procedural hurdles in the Senate Monday evening, but Republican-led efforts to block the bill’s progress legislation have delayed a final vote on the package, possibly until Tuesday morning. Morning.
The Senate’s work on the bill, which allowed Washington senators to work through Super Bowl weekend and a planned two-week recess that was to begin Monday, could be wasted because the legislation does not include any provision relating to border security that the Speaker of the House deemed necessary.
“House Republicans have been very clear from the start of discussions that any so-called additional national security legislation must recognize that national security begins at our own border,” said Johnson (R-La. ) in a press release. “The House acted ten months ago to help implement transformative policy change by passing the Secure Our Borders Act, and since then, including today, the Senate has failed to respond to this expectation.
The House speaker then praised the Senate for rejecting a bill last week negotiated between Biden administration officials and a bipartisan group of senators that sought to tie money for Ukraine to Israel and war-torn Taiwan to increased border security measures and changes to U.S. asylum. law, arguing that it was “insufficient”.
“(I)should have gone back to the drawing board to amend the current bill to include real border security provisions that would actually help end the ongoing catastrophe,” Johnson argued. “Instead, the Senate foreign aid bill remains silent on the most pressing problem facing our country. »
“The mandate of the additional national security legislation was to secure America’s own border before sending additional foreign aid across the world. This is what the American people demand and deserve,” Johnson continued. “Now, absent a single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own way on these important issues.”