Barrasso convening GOP conference meeting as border deal threatens party unity

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) will convene a meeting of his GOP colleagues on Wednesday as the party fractures on whether to embrace a bipartisan border security deal currently in the works. 

Barrasso, the No. 3 Senate Republican, organized the summit at the request of 15 GOP senators who have expressed skepticism about combining border measures with assistance bills for Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel. The group plans to raise their concerns about being able to secure a deal that includes legitimate, meaningful border policy changes. 

Barrasso, who has been one of the Senate’s leading border hawks since Biden took office, welcomed the request for a meeting on the topic, a source familiar told the Washington Examiner.

The Wyoming senator is a co-sponsor of the Senate’s version of H.R. 2, House Republicans’ signature border bill, and has
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