House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has reported that, if they retake the House after the midterms, the first thing Republicans will propose is additional border security.
Should no Republicans challenge his bid, McCarthy is in line to become speaker.
McCarthy told CNN that, if Republicans control the House, “The first thing you’ll see is a bill to control the border first. You’ve got to get control over the border. You’ve had almost 2 million people just this year alone coming across.”
Since January 2021, over 5.5 million illegal immigrants have crossed the United States.
In his conversation with CNN, McCarthy focused on the need to reduce the flow of synthetic opioid fentanyl into the United States that’s causing a deadly crisis. He specified that Congress must “provide the resources that the border agents need,” and “make sure that… anytime anybody who wants to move [fentanyl], you can prosecute him for the death penalty.”
McCarthy also said that an important approach to reducing the inflow of fentanyl, which originates in China, is to implement a “very frontal attack on China to stop the poison from coming.”
The House Leader also shared that he plans to return responsibilities to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene that were taken from her after a House vote last year.
Political analysts are predicting that the GOP will take control of the House, and, while the Senate races seem to be tighter, some predict the GOP will win the Senate as well.
Emily Ekins, Vice President and Director of polling at the Cato Institute, reported her assumptions based on polling models, saying, “I expect Republicans to take the House and now the Senate, but the seat margin may be small in the Senate. Polls in key Senate races show more Americans want Republicans to take control of the Senate than are voting for their state’s Republican senate candidate. This suggests Republicans are running weaker candidates in some key races. The overturning of Roe also has been helping Democrats but doesn’t seem to have overcome voters’ concerns about inflation… there may be more of a red wave this year than we think.”