A Democratic senator said he’s “just gobsmacked” to see congressional Republicans continue rapidly coalescing against the recently revealed Senate immigration bill.
Sen. Brian Schatz, who has represented Hawaii in the upper chamber since 2012, expressed dissatisfaction with the GOP’s reaction to the freshly crafted measure, which was only put together after months of bipartisan deliberations.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Schatz wrote on X. “They literally demanded a specific policy, got it, and then killed it.”
When pressed on the issue, Schatz responded, “Usually people try to pass laws they like.”
The Senate deal was announced on Sunday night, and by Monday evening, over half of the Republican caucus vocally opposed it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who selected Republican Sen. James Lankford to lead negotiations, is allegedly not urging his colleagues to pass it.
The immigration plan may yet pass the Senate, but House Republicans look to be united in opposition. After the bill’s release on Sunday, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson predicted its failure.
“If this bill reaches the House, it will be dead on arrival,” he warned in an email.
Previous reports suggested that former President Donald Trump and the GOP were working to undermine the bipartisan agreement to support him in the 2024 presidential race.
The former commander-in-chief has continued to criticise the bill. “Only a fool, or a Radical Left Democrat, would vote for this horrendous border bill,” he wrote Monday on Truth Social.