(TheProudRepublic.com) – Former President Donald Trump, who is currently running again for the White House, urged lawmakers to oppose a proposed bill which he referred to as the “Stupid Bill.”
This bill, not yet released, aims to combine border security reforms with aid for Ukraine and Israel. In a post on Truth Social, Trump criticized a section reported by Fox News, which would implement a Title 42-like authority to rapidly remove migrants at the border once a threshold of a seven-day rolling average exceeding 5,000 encounters per day is met.
“The illegal Aliens that are pouring into our Country are taking over our cities and attacking our police,” Trump wrote. “Close the Border, you do not need a ridiculous Border Bill that will allow 5000 people into our Country a day. Call it the ‘Stupid Bill’ and make sure it doesn’t get passed. It will make things MUCH WORSE. CLOSE THE SOUTHERN BORDER, NO BILL NECESSARY!!!”
This stance comes amid bipartisan Senate discussions, prompted by Joe Biden’s request last year for approximately $106 billion in supplemental funds for U.S. allies and border security. While Biden supports these discussions, Trump has been adamant that Republicans should not settle for a compromise.
He earlier expressed on Truth Social that a border deal should only be considered if it completely addresses the influx of migrants.
Trump’s influence in Congress is seemingly growing, highlighted by his recent victories in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Despite facing competition from Nikki Haley, Trump has been gaining endorsements from an increasing number of Republican lawmakers.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-RY) has shown support for the bipartisan talks but also acknowledged the changing political landscape with Trump as the GOP frontrunner for 2024.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) indicated that the Senate’s proposed deal would likely be rejected in the GOP-led House, especially if it includes any allowance for illegal crossings.
Meanwhile, Senate negotiators Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) are close to finalizing the deal and are aware of Trump’s influence on the matter.
While Murphy showed the potential risks of the bipartisan deal due to Trump’s opposition, Lankford looks forward to Trump reviewing the agreement in the middle of all this misinformation.