Hey Senator Cassidy, We'd Be Happy To Read Your Immigration Bill!
So are you going to let us, or not?
“Does he have access to the bill?” Raju then asks Cassidy in a separate clip.
“It doesn’t seem that way,” replied Cassidy.
“It hasn’t been released. How does he know it’s a betrayal if he hasn’t read it? I mean, don’t be ignorant. Read the bill,” Cassidy added, raising his voice.
I for one would love to read the bill, Senator! The way you’re doing this right now is, Senate offices are being briefed about what’s in the bill, they’re turning around and claiming what’s in it to journalists who report on it, and you then claim these reports are inaccurate. There’s an easy way to deal with that: release the bill! Or are you trying to Nancy Pelosi this thing?
There’s no question that the tide is turning against the border security-Ukraine deal. With each passing day, Speaker Mike Johnson and former President Donald Trump are fueling opposition to the yet-to-be-released border security agreement negotiated out between Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.).
Thune acknowledged Wednesday that the House’s hostility to the package is the “complicating factor” that many Republicans will take into consideration when they decide whether to vote for the supplemental.
Meanwhile, Senate Republican leaders are desperate for the legislative text to be published in order to combat what they say is “misinformation” and “propaganda” being spread by Johnson and Trump about what’s actually in the bill.
“Everybody’s saying, ‘prove me wrong on this. Here’s an internet rumor, prove that this is wrong.’ The only way to do that is to get the text out,” said an exasperated Lankford, the lead GOP negotiator. Lankford added: “People can decide if they’re going to believe a lie or if they’re going to believe the truth.”
Interestingly, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who opposes Ukraine funding and has expressed skepticism about the border deal, said the breakdown of Republicans for and against the effort is “more even than I would have thought.”
Will Schumer put it on the floor anyway? Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said the national-security supplemental is too important to back away from, so it’s entirely possible that he puts the full package on the floor for a vote regardless of whether enough Republicans will back it.
Schumer has a political incentive to do so. He and President Joe Biden can use a failed vote to argue that Republicans blocked the very thing they said they wanted — enhanced border security measures — in an effort to help Trump in the presidential race.
“I didn’t want to enter these negotiations because I was very pessimistic about success. But we got a compromise,” Murphy said. “Why would we walk away from it after achieving that compromise?”
And Schumer’s most vulnerable members — think Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) — will be able to say they voted for the strictest border policy changes in a generation.
There are very few people who would doubt that this kind of message helps these Democrats in their campaigns. And Republicans who support the underlying effort suggested it would be hypocritical for them to back away now.
“Forty-nine Republicans made this a priority — that is, the negotiation of border security into a supplemental — before Republicans could get behind it,” Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) told us. “Political calculations for the 2024 election associated with this bill are not what people sent us to come here to do.”
Oh, and lest you have any qualms about Tim Scott wanting that VP slot: