Biden Asks Top Republicans For Help

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(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Monday, President Joe Biden held a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) as the White House is trying to get the necessary votes to have the bipartisan border security bill passed through the Senate. 

In a statement, the Biden administration argued that the President had once again reiterated that it was time for GOP lawmakers to stop playing politics and instead take action that could allow them to increase the number of Border Patrol agents that are stationed along the U.S. border. As he has pointed out this would allow them to make the country significantly safer while also combating drug trafficking. 

Last week Biden had spoken with leaders in the House as well for a similar reason as he had a meeting with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), along with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).  

On Sunday, Schumer had announced that this week the Senate was going to be taking up the bipartisan border deal and considering it as a stand-alone measure. The vote is most likely going to fail as it has faced opposition not only from the Republican party but also the Democratic party. Still, it will give the Democratic leaders the necessary tools to combat the Republican messaging regarding the border crisis ahead of the presidential election in November.

The bill had previously received the endorsement of President Joe Biden who had referred to it as a compromise. He had also pointed out that with this bill neither side was getting everything they wanted.

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