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Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is reportedly considering direct negotiations with the White House on border policy, shifting from the ongoing bipartisan Senate discussions.

Johnson expressed this intention in a call with GOP lawmakers, indicating a potential change in strategy amid prolonged Senate talks over border policy changes linked to additional aid for Ukraine.

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However, the White House has expressed skepticism about engaging in negotiations with Johnson. Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young dismissed the idea, suggesting proximity to the Senate makes it a more logical place for discussions. Despite this, Johnson’s consideration marks a notable shift in the House’s approach, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticized the House’s adherence to the H.R. 2 Secure the Border Act as an impediment to reaching a deal. The ongoing tension is further complicated by hard-line Democrats and Republicans in the House, who are increasingly adamant about their immigration and border policy demands.

The discourse has escalated into public disputes, with Johnson’s deputy chief of staff, Raj Shah, accusing the White House of using misleading statistics in its border policy arguments. In response, White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates reiterated accusations against the House Republicans’ actions. Amidst these exchanges, Johnson has been actively focusing on migration policy, recently leading a large Republican delegation to the Texas border.

This all comes as the House Homeland Security Committee is preparing to hold its first hearing on impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, further intensifying the conflict over border policy and enforcement.


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