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Republican Senators Heard Shouting At Each Other Over Border Legislation, Report

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Things went insane behind closed doors when Republican senators met to debate the bipartisan border legislation that has created fighting among many Republicans.

Fox News Capitol Hill reporter Aishah Hasnie said that shouting could be heard behind closed doors and that Republican Sen. James Lankford is likely to vote against the legislation he assisted in crafting to preserve Party unity, when she appeared on the Fox News show, “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday.

“While the past 24 hours have been nothing short of stunning here, we knew that this border deal was dead on arrival in the House, but it’s not likely to make it out of the Senate at all. Republicans are poised to take a procedural vote on this tomorrow, and it’s likely at the author of this big bipartisan deal. The Republican author is likely to vote no on it as well, as well as a Senate majority leader or minority leader,” the reporter said.

“Senate Republicans met last night at a closed door meeting, which got so heated, Dana, at times that myself and other reporters could actually hear screaming coming from inside the room. When leader Mitch McConnell emerged from the room, he told me that he had a great discussion and that the conference will keep on talking,” she said.

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“Now, Senator James Lankford, the lead GOP negotiator on this, told me it is clear that the majority of the conference is not ready to vote on this thing, but that there is still interest in adding real amendments and shaping into something, perhaps, that they can stomach. He insists, though, the bill is not dead, but it looks like he may also vote no tomorrow, just for the sake of party unity. Democrats are already lashing out on that lead,” the reporter said.

“Democrat negotiator Chris Murphy tweeting this honestly, this is so embarrassing. You told us you wanted a bipartisan border fix. You appointed the Republican negotiator. We got a deal. Stop the drama. Now, there were three senators on the left that had also rejected the bill. But the goal really here, Dana, was to get half of each conference on board. That is not going to happen. Leader Schumer is expected to go on and put this on the floor for a cloture vote tomorrow. Again, that’s expected to fail. As all eyes now shift to the House where we are watching this impeachment in a few hours,” she said.

Republicans are tearing into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for a Democrat-led $118 billion border security bill that was unveiled on Sunday.

In addition to allowing the Department of Homeland Security to temporarily close the border to the majority of migrants if there are an average of more than 5,000 attempts to cross over seven days, the proposal would restructure the asylum system with quicker and more stringent enforcement.

Along with humanitarian aid for civilians impacted by the conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine, it also includes billions in aid for Israel, Ukraine, and other allies.

McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, pushed last year for changes to border policy to be part of the national security funding bill to get past House Republicans’ resistance. He stated that the Senate needs to “get ready to act” and that the proposed legislation offers “direct and immediate solutions to the crisis” at the border.

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“America’s sovereignty is being tested here at home, and our credibility is being tested by emboldened adversaries around the world,” he said in a statement. “The challenges we face will not resolve themselves, nor will our adversaries wait for America to muster the resolve to meet them.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the legislation’s first procedural vote would take place on Wednesday.

However, several influential Republicans swiftly opposed the bill, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, who deemed it to be “dead on arrival.”

“I’ve seen enough,” Johnson wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “This bill is even worse than we expected, and won’t come close to ending the border catastrophe the President has created… If this bill reaches the House, it will be dead on arrival.”

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