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GOP Sen. Mike Lee fumes over border bill: 'WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP'

The plan has the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, with whom conservative stalwarts and Trump allies have long feuded.

Published: February 5, 2024 5:04pm

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee on Monday fumed over the terms of a Senate bill approving foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel, while also introducing a litany of border security forms to address the unprecedented influx of new arrivals at the southern border.

The bill has come under fire from border hawks, who contend its provisions would make the situation at the border even worse. Former President Donald Trump on Monday urged Republicans to oppose the measure, calling it a "death wish" for the GOP. Lee expressed a similar sentiment.

"This feels like an elaborate practical joke. But it’s not funny. Not one bit. I cannot understand how any Republican would think this was a good idea—or anything other than an unmitigated disaster. WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP — NOW," he posted on X.

The plan has the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, with whom conservative stalwarts and Trump allies have long feuded.

Lee made his remarks in reply to a post from Ohio GOP Sen. J.D. Vance, who reshared comments from Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, claiming the bill ensured the border "never closes."

Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott in 2022 unsuccessfully challenged McConnell to lead the Senate Republicans, losing in a 37-10 vote.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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