Speaker Johnson calls expected Ukraine-border deal ‘dead on arrival’ in the House

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to lawmakers Friday effectively killing hopes of advancing the Ukraine-border security package as negotiated by the Senate.

The letter, obtained by the Washington Examiner Friday morning, claimed that Senate negotiations are stalling and that “if rumors about the contents of the draft proposal are true, it would have been dead on arrival in the House anyway.”

He reiterated that the White House and Senate negotiators must adopt the “transformative corrections” included in H.R. 2, the immigration bill passed by House Republicans in 2023. The speaker additionally stated his plan to move forward, “by necessity,” with bringing articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas when the House returns from recess next week.

Johnson also said that, in recent calls and meetings with the president, he had “made clear that we stand with Texas Governor Greg Abbott in his
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