Senate Democrats’ Renewed Push For Weak Border Bill Falls Short

Senate Democrats’ attempt to revive a self-serving “border security” bill met with resistance from Republicans on Thursday resulting in the legislation being voted down for the second time this year. The bill known as the “Border Act” failed to reach the 60-vote threshold necessary to advance in the Senate with a 43-50 tally.

The bill was pushed by Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ). Lankford, a disdained RINO who played a key role in crafting the bill, ultimately voted against it arguing that the renewed push by Democrats was a political stunt rather than a sincere effort to address the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had brought the bill back to the floor in recent weeks asserting that Republicans, particularly supporters of former President Donald Trump, were responsible for blocking progress on border security. But the bill

Republicans pushed back against these claims accusing Democrats of failing to secure the border throughout President Joe Biden’s administration and pursuing a politically motivated agenda. “They understand it’s a big political vulnerability for them and I get why he’s doing what he’s doing” said Sen. John Thune (R-SD) the second-ranking Senate Republican.

Democrats clearly viewed the vote as an opportunity to provide political cover to incumbent senators — and a president — facing tough reelection battles in November, but did not want to take serious action on a border crisis they’ve spent so much time and effort not addressing.