published : 2023-11-30

GOP Senators and House Conservatives Call for Fiscal Sanity and Stronger Border Security

Sen. Rick Scott and GOP Lawmakers Urge Separate Votes on Supplemental Funding

A photo of GOP senators and House conservatives standing together during the press conference, taken with a Nikon D850.

GOP senators and members of the House Freedom Caucus held a press conference advocating for conservative fiscal priorities and stricter immigration policies.

They urged the passage of appropriations bills and a national security aid package that prioritize 'fiscal sanity' and tougher border security measures, including higher asylum standards.

The lawmakers, led by Sen. Rick Scott and joined by members of the House Freedom Caucus and other senators, criticized the Biden administration's $106 billion supplemental request.

They demanded separate votes on items related to Ukraine, Israel, and the southern border, emphasizing the need for measurable metrics that demonstrate actual border security.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Scott Perry called for the separation of Israel, Ukraine, and border security issues, arguing that enforcement of laws is crucial for their effectiveness.

An image of Sen. Rick Scott addressing the crowd at the press conference, captured by a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The lawmakers expressed frustration with what they referred to as 'failure theater' and stressed the importance of concrete actions.

To pass the Senate, the GOP leadership insists that any national security package must include stricter border policies.

Tensions rise as both chambers are expected to vote on an emergency supplemental bill requested by the Biden administration.

The package includes funding for Ukraine, Israel, border provisions, and investments in Indo-Pacific security assistance.

Congress will also work on finalizing an annual budget for the government in January and February, with efforts to prevent a massive omnibus package.

A photo of House Freedom Caucus members emphasizing the need for measurable metrics on border security, captured with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

During the press conference, House members indicated their willingness to accept a topline budget of $1.59 trillion.

However, they acknowledged that the figure requested earlier, $1.47 trillion, is unlikely to happen.

Sen. Rick Scott's office emphasized the need to prioritize fiscal constraints and tackle inflation issues affecting families in Florida.

Republicans in the Senate are called upon to unite with House colleagues in restoring fiscal sanity by passing spending bills that aim for a balanced budget.