February 28, 2024

By STEPHEN GROVES

WASHINGTON — Home Speaker Mike Johnson took a robust stand Friday towards a bipartisan Senate deal to pair border enforcement measures with Ukraine assist, sending a letter to colleagues that aligns him with hardline conservatives decided to sink the compromise on border and immigration coverage.

Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, mentioned that the laws would have been “useless on arrival within the Home” if leaked studies in regards to the laws had been true. Whereas the core group of senators negotiating the deal haven’t but launched textual content of the invoice, it has nonetheless come underneath fireplace from Republicans, together with Donald Trump, the doubtless presidential nominee, who eviscerated the deal this week as a political “present” to Democrats.

Johnson within the letter mentioned, “Quite than settle for accountability, President Biden is now making an attempt accountable Congress for what HE himself deliberately created.”

The message added to the headwinds going through the border and Ukraine deal, closing every week during which Senate Republican Chief Mitch McConnell acknowledged to his colleagues that the laws confronted powerful opposition from Trump that would drive them to pursue Ukraine assist one other method. He later clarified that he was nonetheless supportive of pairing border measures with Ukraine assist — an association that Senate Republicans initially demanded to achieve their votes for funding Ukraine’s conflict.