ICYMI: Senator Marshall Joins CNBC Squawk Box on Senate Aid Package Negotiations: It’s all about priorities: Border, Border, Border
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. joined CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss prioritizing Americans’ safety and security by securing our nation’s borders with immediate border policy changes.
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Highlights from Senator Marshall’s interview include:
On the $106 billion spending package negotiations:
“We’re no closer today on an agreement on the supplemental package than we were on October the seventh. Look, this is a very complicated four piece riddle. But to me, the absolute biggest priority is the border, the border, the border, the border, that’s what’s important to us.”
“Every day, we’re losing 300 Americans [to fentanyl poisoning], over 10 million people have crossed the border illegally in the past three years, there have been 1.7 million ‘gotaways.’ So the rest of this riddle is not going to be solved until we have meaningful border security. If that riddle is not solved, then Republicans are going to vote down any type of cloture for the other three pieces of this riddle, for Ukraine, for Taiwan, as well as for funding for Israel.”
On moving aid spending packages for foreign conflicts one at a time:
“There’s every reason to separate them [funding]. It is almost scientifically impossible to get people to agree on all four of these, even within the Democratic caucus on the Senate side, you’re not going to get unanimous agreement on how to solve any one of those right now.”
“We offered on the Senate floor just a couple of weeks ago standalone funding for Israel, that remember, every Democrat voted against it, they went to the mall and Chuck Schumer said he ‘wouldn’t rest until there was funding for Israel,’ three hours later, we give him the opportunity and he votes it down.”
“To me, it’s all about priorities, the border, the border, the border, and then let’s take care, let’s get our American hostages home safely. And then let’s support Israel.”
On how Republicans’ policy reforms would improve the crisis at the border:
“I wish the press would ask Joe Biden, why don’t you want border security? Ask Chuck Schumer, why don’t you support border security? That’s the question people should be asking. If they will support meaningful border security, then I think we could fix these other problems, one at a time, but they’re not willing to take that on.”
“I think border security starts with a policy change. I’ve been to the border three times. The last time there, every border patrol person I talked to said we need to change the policies.”
“If we would change the asylum policy alone, we would decrease maybe 50%, maybe even 75% of those 10 million people that are crossing the border illegally. So changing asylum rules alone would help, and then we have to do something about the parole situation. President Biden has paroled over one-and-a-half million folks so far as well. So we need to fix parole and then look we need some type of better physical security as well. More border patrol officers, more technology, more drug dogs, all those types of things.”
“For probably $15-$20 billion, we can secure the border. Why would we send $60-$70 billion more to Ukraine when we haven’t secured our own border yet? It’s always about priorities. It’s the border.”