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What They Are Saying: Support for Inclusion of Border Security Measures in Debt Negotiations

May 18, 2023
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, Republican Study Committee Chairman Kevin Hern (OK-01) and RSC Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman Ben Cline (VA-06) led 55 of their colleagues on a letter to President Biden, Speaker McCarthy, House Minority Leader Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, as well as the lead negotiators Rep. Garrett Graves, Shalanda Young, and Steve Riccheti, calling for inclusion of H.R. 2 and other border security measures in the final debt limit negotiations.

You can read the full letter here.

The letter has gained support from outside stakeholders, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA.

FAIR said,Illegal immigration now costs American taxpayers more than $150 billion every year. Under the Biden Administration, those costs are only increasing. FAIR strongly supports H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, and critical policy changes to address the fiscal burden facing American taxpayers due to the crisis at our southern border. We’re proud to support efforts to protect the safety and security of the country."

NumbersUSA CEO James Massa said, “NumbersUSA applauds the RSC for recognizing that border security solutions should be a part of debt negotiations. This Administration has intentionally created a border crisis, and Americans should not be asked to foot the bill. H.R. 2 contains all of the provisions necessary to stop the border crisis in its tracks."

Read more from the Washington Examiner on the letter here.  

Signers of the letter include: Representatives Tom McClintock, Mark Green, Jeff Duncan, Chip Roy, August Pfluger, Brian Babin, Byron Donalds, Ronny Jackson, Jim Banks, Ralph Norman, Anna Paulina Luna, Warren Davidson, Clay Higgins, Mark Alford, Andy Biggs, Diana Harshbarger, Mary Miller, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Russ Fulcher, Matt Rosendale, Scott Perry, Tom Tiffany, Keith Self, Doug Lamborn, Monica De La Cruz, Jefferson Van Drew, Aaron Bean, John Rose, Debbie Lesko, Scott Franklin, Joe Wilson, Nathaniel Moran, Claudia Tenney, Andrew Clyde, Josh Brecheen, Eli Crane, Paul Gosar, Eric Burlison, Kat Cammack, Michael Guest, Dan Crenshaw, Michael Cloud, Michael Burgess, Andy Ogles, Dan Bishop, Bob Good, Beth Van Duyne, Roger Williams, Alexander Mooney, Scott DesJarlais, Barry Moore, Pete Sessions, French Hill, Ryan Zinke, and Rick Allen.