Lankford defends border bill over GOP backlash: ‘Read it for yourself’

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) responded to Republican criticisms over the proposed border security bill released by Senate negotiators on Sunday night and said his colleagues should read the text of the bill rather than go off posts online.

Several Republicans, including House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), have already expressed their opposition to the legislation. Lee said in a post on X on Sunday that he was opposed to the bill, but lawmakers need a few weeks to read the 370-page bill.

Lankford, one of the lead negotiators for the legislation, defended the bill on Fox News’s Fox and Friends on Monday.

“It’s interesting that he said he’s already opposed to it. He needs three weeks to be able to read it, but he’s already opposed
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