Speaker Johnson ‘strongly encouraged’ Biden to move on border security demands in phone call

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) urged President Joe Biden to take executive action to secure the southern border during a Wednesday phone call as government spending negotiations drag on.

Johnson reiterated points he made in a letter he sent to the president last month to reinstate previous asylum policies such as the Trump-era Remain in Mexico program. The conversation was the first since Johnson sent that request to the White House, and it comes as talks continue in the Senate to finalize a deal that implements border policy changes while also approving additional military aid to Ukraine.

“The Speaker strongly encouraged the President to use his executive authority to secure the southern border and reiterated the contents of his letter to the President dated December 21, 2023,” Raj Shah, a spokesman for the speaker’s office, said in
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