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A number of House Republicans have issued threats to abstain from voting on government funding if border security measures are not incorporated into a recent agreement between Democrats and Republicans.

A consensus was reached on Sunday among House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Senate Speaker Mike Johnson to fund the government until 2024 at levels previously established in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, which was agreed upon by President Joe Biden and former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Conservative members of the House have expressed disapproval of the agreement, going so far as to threaten a vote to halt the government’s operations in the absence of measures to prevent unauthorized immigration through the southern border of the United States and 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.

Republican Representatives Andy Biggs of Arizona and Matt Gaetz of Florida reposted this statement.

Crane, Biggs, and Gaetz were three of eight members who cast their votes to remove McCarthy from office in October, in response to the temporary funding agreement he made with Vice President Biden to avert a government closure at the conclusion 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.

More on this story via The Western Journal:

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. CONTINUE READING…

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