In a significant development, House Speaker Mike Johnson conveyed in a letter to colleagues that a Senate package, addressing both the funding for Ukraine and the ongoing border crisis, would be “dead on arrival” in the House. House Republicans, particularly, have been vocal in opposing additional aid to Ukraine. Johnson, in the letter, hinted that the House would not accept any counterproposal that did not genuinely address the issues arising from the current administration’s policies.
The House Speaker’s communication precedes the House reconvening on Monday and provides insight into the Republican stance on the proposed Senate package. Johnson emphasized his commitment to solving the problems arising from what he termed as the administration’s “subversive policies.” Moreover, he hinted at the House Homeland Security Committee moving forward with Articles of Impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Accusing President Biden and Mayorkas of deliberately undermining immigration laws, Johnson noted that public opinion polls overwhelmingly favored the Republican position on border issues. He asserted that the administration was attempting to shift blame to Congress for problems it intentionally created. Johnson also referred to H.R. 2 Secure the Border Act, enacted by House Republicans last year, as containing core legislative reforms essential for compelling the Biden Administration to address the border situation.
However, he acknowledged the challenges in getting the legislation through the Senate, where it is expected to face resistance. Johnson reiterated his call for Biden to take executive action, including reinstating Trump-era tactics, to curb illegal immigration. The House Speaker’s stance reflects a conservative perspective that emphasizes holding the administration accountable for border-related challenges and advocating for legislative measures perceived as effective solutions.