April 17, 2024

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Republicans in the House and Senate have been leading each other hopelessly on immigration and support for Ukraine.

Republicans in the House and Senate have been leading each other hopelessly on immigration and support for Ukraine.

American voters could be forgiven for losing sight of the Republican Party. The Republican-majority House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a nomination to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. In doing so, Republicans are sending a strong signal: The U.S. must do more to control the number of asylum seekers at the border, which they believe Mayorgas is responsible for.

But in early February, Senate Republicans suddenly blocked a broadly supported plan that would have given the Biden administration more money and powers for exactly that purpose. And when Grand Old Party Ukraine first implemented that plan by blocking aid to Israel and Taiwan. Much of the Republican Senate changed their minds when Donald Trump announced his opposition to Biden's plan. The former president hopes unresolved issues surrounding immigration will work to his and Republicans' advantage in the November election.

In place of that failed proposal, the Senate passed a separate bill on Tuesday that allocates nearly $100 billion in aid to the three countries. Thanks to a Democratic majority and the votes of 22 Republican senators — nearly half of the 49-member committee, including committee chairman Mitch McConnell — the legislation passed.

But whether the money will be available is still uncertain. That's because the legislation must also be approved by the House of Representatives, and Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson has said he won't even put it up for a vote because the money isn't tied to tougher border policy right now.

Treachery

In the background, Americans, and certainly Republican voters, are less enthusiastic about support for Ukraine after a Russian invasion in early 2022. Johnson, as president, can block aid as long as he has a majority. Own group has majority there. At the same time, there is actually a majority in favor of providing support in the entire House of Representatives. Also, is there a procedure to allow such a majority to nullify the election of the President?

Democrats are now considering starting that process. But it takes time. It requires a motion signed by a majority of the members of the House to proceed. Besides all the Democrats, there should be a few Republicans. But signing such a protest motion, even if you accept it, is considered a betrayal of the Congress party leadership, so the signature is still not there.

Cavities

Either way, there could be another Democratic signature later this week, as Democrats won a midterm election in New York state. This comes as the House unseated Republican George Santos last December. Santos became a professional liar. He lied about everything he said about his personal life during the 2020 election campaign and was sued for fraud and embezzlement.

Santos has now been succeeded by Democrat Tom Suozzi. Had he been able to take office earlier, he may have been able to block Secretary Mayorkas' impeachment proposal on Tuesday, as the measure passed by a narrow margin.

Democrats and many historians view that impeachment attempt as a scrap of arms. Accusation. It would now be used only because of a conflict of policy, not because of a 'higher crime or misdemeanor', according to the Constitution. Republicans are also working on one Accusation From President Joe Biden. Either way, Mayorkas will almost certainly keep his job. The impeachment bill now heads to the Senate. Democrats have a majority there. And many Republican senators see little point in that.

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