WASHINGTON – Republicans regularly blast President Joe Biden for policies they say invite illegal immigration, but U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Austin said blame also falls on GOP lawmakers who voted Friday for the latest spending bill.

The bill, Roy said, funds Biden border policies, implicating any Republican who supported the measure.

To emphasize his point, Roy highlighted a viral video showing a throng of migrants pushing their way through barriers Thursday and overwhelming Texas National Guard troops near El Paso. He also invoked the killing of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley and a Venezuelan immigrant who entered the country illegally and was charged with her murder.

Republicans who supported the bill “own” the policies behind the surge of migrants, Roy said Friday.

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“My Republican colleagues cannot go campaign against mass parole and use the name of Laken Riley, because you pass a bill in her name when you fund the very policies that lead to her death,” Roy said.

The $1.2 trillion legislation approved Friday by the House, which would avoid a partial government shutdown, covers a host of agencies, including the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. It was the second of a two-part collection of fiscal 2024 spending bills that were supposed to be finalized months ago.

The bill passed 286-134, with 101 Republicans in favor and 112 opposing. Support was overwhelming across the aisle, with 185 Democrats backing it and 22 opposing.

Roy said Republicans abandoned their position that funding the Department of Homeland Security should be contingent on adopting House Resolution 2, a GOP package of hardline immigration and border policies.

Republicans who backed the bill defended their votes, in part by citing the need to fund the military.

U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Midlothian, was one of six Texas Republicans who voted for the bill.

Ellzey defended his vote by citing constitutional provisions related to Congress’ role in supporting armies and maintaining a navy.

“That is my constitutional duty and I did it. Everything else comes second,” Ellzey said. “And the border is the president’s fault, not mine.”

He said the bill ensures Border Patrol agents will be paid and includes a military pay raise desperately needed by those at the most junior levels who are struggling with inflation.

Ellzey said he was proud to do his duty and send a signal to enemies overseas that the United States would fully fund its armed services.

“We’re going to buy the ships and weapons systems that we need to defend our nation, and we’ve shown resolve,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Humble, who also voted for the bill, said it doesn’t include all Republican border priorities, but it does have provisions taken directly from H.R. 2, such as hiring more Border Patrol agents and providing more beds for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He encouraged Republican critics of the bill to focus on other legislation to force border policy changes, citing the challenge of a razor-thin Republican majority in the House.

“A no vote means that my buddies in the SEAL teams might miss mortgage payments,” Crenshaw said. “You’ve got to take these bills holistically. It’s never ideal. We barely have a majority. … You have to incorporate the political reality that you live in into your strategies.”

The other four Texas Republicans voting for the bill were U.S. Reps. John Carter of Round Rock, Monica De La Cruz of McAllen, Kay Granger of Fort Worth and Michael McCaul of Austin. Three Texas Republicans missed the vote: U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Pilot Point, Roger Williams of Willow Park and Troy Nehls of Richmond.

All Texas Democrats voted for the legislation with the exception of U.S. Reps. Greg Casar of Austin and Joaquin Castro of San Antonio.

U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, running against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, belongs to a Democrats for Border Security group that touted border-related funding in the bill. They cited funding for a record 22,000 Border Patrol agents, money for new border security technology and grant funding that goes to border-area law enforcement agencies.

Roy downplayed the impact of those provisions, saying he expected the Biden administration to use the additional Border Patrol agents funded by the bill to process more migrants crossing the border. He predicted additional ICE detention beds will go unused.

Republicans who voted for the bill, Roy said, “own the wide-open borders causing death and destruction. They own the fentanyl pouring into communities. If you fund it, you own it.”

The bill is expected to pass the Senate, although the exact timing was unclear.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, voted to advance the bill Friday afternoon, while Cruz voted against it.

Told of Roy’s comments, Cornyn noted the fiery congressman once worked for him.

“He’s a smart, well-intentioned guy, but I think rhetorically he gets a little over his skis sometimes,” said Cornyn, adding the key to addressing the border is changing who occupies the White House. “We all know Joe Biden is not going to enforce the law, so we need a new president.”

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