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Senator Schumer tells Democrats he will reintroduce a bipartisan border bill

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will bring up the bipartisan border deal negotiated early this year by a group of senators again this week for a stand-alone vote, he said in a letter to colleagues released Sunday evening.

The move to hold another vote on this legislation comes as Senate Democrats seek to renew their pressure on the southern border ahead of the 2024 elections.

“We are hopeful that this bipartisan proposal will bring serious Republicans back to the table to advance this bipartisan solution for our border,” Schumer wrote in a letter to his colleagues. “I’ll be honest: I don’t expect all Democrats to support this legislation. Many of our colleagues do not support some of the provisions in this legislation, and I do not expect all Republicans to agree to every provision. But that is often how twofold. Legislation must be legislated when dealing with an issue as complex and politically charged as our country’s immigration laws.”

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a press conference following a Senate Democratic Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill on May 1, 2024 in Washington, DC (Photo by Andrew Harnik/Getty Images) (Andrew Harnik/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a press conference following a Senate Democratic Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill on May 1, 2024 in Washington, DC (Photo by Andrew Harnik/Getty Images) (Andrew Harnik/Getty Images)

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Ultimately, it is very unlikely that a vote on this legislation now will lead to a different outcome.

The bipartisan border bill was negotiated over the course of several months by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Ct., Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. The legislation was negotiated after Senate Republicans said they would not vote for additional aid to Ukraine without implementing provisions to strengthen the southern border.

Lawmakers worked behind the scenes for months to negotiate the legislation. But the bill, which made changes to parole and asylum provisions, was defeated by virtually the entire Republican Senate conference almost immediately after its release at the insistence of former President Donald Trump.

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“The former president made it clear that he wanted to keep the issue for his campaign rather than resolve the issue in a bipartisan manner. [Republican] Colleagues abruptly reversed course from their previous support and announced their new opposition to the bipartisan proposal,” Schumer said in the letter.

Senate Republicans ultimately reversed course and approved funding for Ukraine without border provisions, so Schumer said he will now hold a separate vote on the border bill without anything accompanying it.

But Senate Republicans who spoke to ABC News last week said that if Schumer brought up the border bill again, it wouldn’t change their view on voting for it.

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Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, who championed the bipartisan border talks before ultimately voting against advancing the final product in February, said Schumer is trying to distract from a border crisis that Tillis says is ultimately caused by President Biden.

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‘Let’s be realistic. They look at the polls. They get hammered; Biden is being hammered for the failures at the border,” Tillis said. “So Schumer is going to do everything he can to say, ‘There’s nothing to see here, this failure isn’t real’ and it is real. And he knows it won’t go away.”

Senator Schumer tells Democrats he will reintroduce bipartisan border bill, which originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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