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Republicans Threaten Nuclear Option: ‘Shut Down the Border or Shut Down the Government’

Several House Republicans have threatened to vote against funding the government if a recent deal between Democrats and Republicans to do so doesn’t include border security measures.

On Sunday, House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries announced a deal to fund the government for the remainder of 2024 at levels agreed to by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023.

The deal has been poorly received by conservative members of the House, who have suggested they will vote to shut down the government if the spending is not accompanied by efforts to prevent illegal immigration across the United States’ southern border with Mexico.

“SHUT DOWN THE BORDER OR SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. Democrats are shamelessly lying to the American people by claiming the border is secure — all while streamlining a criminal invasion. SHUT IT DOWN,” Republican Rep. Eli Crane of Arizona said in a post on X.

That statement was reposted by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Matt Gaetz of Florida.

Crane, Biggs and Gaetz were three of eight members who voted in October to remove McCarthy from office over a temporary spending deal he struck with Biden to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September.

“I have zero interest in funding a Biden Administration actively removing our national borders,” Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas said in a post on X.

“Funding the government should be contingent on the president signing H.R. 2, or its functional equivalent, into law,” Roy said in another post.

Tennessee GOP Rep. Tim Burchett expressed similar sentiments through his spokeswoman.

“Rep. Burchett believes this harms the border security cause,” Rachel Partlow said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Partlow added Burchett was “still pondering” whether to support Johnson’s removal from office over the deal.

Roy and Burchett are members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of 45 House Republicans who take strong conservative positions on most issues before the body.

“At some point, having the House majority has to matter. Stop funding this spending with an open border!” Rep. Bob Good of Virginia, the caucus’ new chairman, said in a post on X.

“This $1.6 Trillion dollar budget agreement does nothing to secure the border, stop the invasion,” Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said in a post of her own.

Green indicated that she would be voting against the proposal in its current form.

“If Biden won’t shut down the border invasion, Congress must shut down the corrupt government that is funding it!” posted Republican Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois, another member.

Senate and House Republicans have already withheld support for further U.S. aid to Ukraine unless conservative border security proposals are approved by the Democratic-led Senate, for which negotiations are ongoing.

Senators aimed to reach a deal on the matter before the end of 2023 but failed to do so.

In fiscal year 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended more than 2.3 million illegal immigrants along the southern border, according to government data. In fiscal year 2023, that number increased to nearly 2.5 million, while more than 483,000 arrived during the first two months of fiscal 2024.

The increase in illegal crossings has prompted Republicans to accuse the Biden administration of deliberate neglect of U.S. immigration laws and specifically targeted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has faced five attempts at impeachment in the House. A new impeachment inquiry, backed by House Republican leaders, is ongoing.

“The number one priority is the border,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said on Fox News when asked about the spending deal. “I think we have to [risk a shutdown for border security]. That’s what the American people demand.”

  • rural deplorable says:

    the swamp rats are burrowed in every federal
    village agencies
    no trust on either side
    if republicans really cared they would all back donald trump
    roy and massey are campaigning for DeSantis
    hardly any of republicans are helping jan 6 defendants
    or the military in iraq that are under attack every day
    no one defending donald trump on bullshit epstein list
    he has zero rep from republicans just like conservatives
    bud light superbowl 2024
    bud light commie Mark Ruffalo
    and taylor swift

  • Snickers says:

    Nothing to see here. ..Republicans THREATENING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT…..AND NOT FU€KING DOING WHAT THEY SAY!!!! I’m literally getting SICK TO DEATH of idle threats and empty promises from the Republicans that I have ALWAYS supported. For once SHUT IT THE HELL DOWN ALREADY…..UGH!

  • Proud Veteran says:

    Johnson and Mcconnell made a deal with Schumer and Jeffries, which means that even with a house majority, the GOP caved again! The dem party is on a mission to destroy the USA and shred our constitution. biden is a brain dead puppet and his trash wife should be in jail for elder abuse. Our borders under the biden admin are nonexistent, and open to anybody who wants free sh*t, and who is willing to vote for democrats and more free sh*t! Its gotta stop, even if it means shutting down the government.
    The demented dipsh*t biden is not interested in doing this. His number one concern is Trump. He started his campaign with speeches bashing Trump, but has not said anything about his own accomplishments as president. Why? Because he has accomplished nothing for the country in 3 years except destroy our economy and created division and racial hatred among the citizens! The only people who praise him are the illegals, the baby murderers, the lbgt crowd, and the leaders of countries he is giving our tax dollars to!
    Shut it down!

  • DeniseRS says:

    BS they will continue to do neither. These are empty threats and everyone knows it.



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