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Wicker, Hyde-Smith to join fellow GOP members in blocking border security bill

Mississippi’s two U.S. senators have both confirmed they will be voting against a border security bill set to hit the floor on Wednesday, joining fellow Republicans in killing the bipartisan legislation introduced earlier this week.

The $118 billion package, which includes critical aid for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan along with upping asylum qualifications for those entering the country from the southern border, was brought to the table by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) on Sunday night. The package later received approval from both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) but to no avail as a large group of Republicans joined forces on Tuesday to announce their plan to stop its path to passage.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) released a statement on his decision, saying that while stricter measures are needed along the southern border, he has no faith President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will uphold the regulations included if passed.

“I will be voting no [Wednesday] on proceeding the bill when Senator Schumer brings it to the floor for consideration,” Wicker said. “Senate Democrats have shown they are not willing to agree to a strong border protection proposal. President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have refused to use the already existing laws to address the border crisis, and I have no confidence that their actions would improve under the proposed legislation.

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Mayorkas, who recently survived an impeachment vote led by House Republicans, would play a vital role in the proposed legislation as DHS would be granted the power to “shut down” the border – in the words of Biden – if 4,000 or more migrants are being encountered over a seven-day average.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) echoed Wicker’s concerns during Wednesday’s episode of The Gallo Show while also calling the package “campaign material” for Biden to make the influx of migrants look lesser as his election for a second term is less than nine months away. Biden’s expected opponent in the general election, former

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