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Biden Pledges to Fix Border Crisis He Created

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Biden laid out his agenda for 2024, saying the top priority is finishing the job of building on the current economic recovery and job growth.

He wants to pass the bipartisan border bill that passed the Senate but didn’t get taken up in the House under Democratic control from 2021-23.

Biden claimed Trump personally called GOP House leaders to block it from passing just to deny him a political win, not because he opposed the policy.

“Late Night” host Seth Meyers said, “You even got an immigration bill that passed in the Senate, but never got taken up in the House.”

Biden confirmed, “It will be.”

Meyers asked, “What do you — would you want to do, what’s your 2024 agenda?

He added, “Because I feel like we live in such crazy times that that is one of the things I feel we hear less about.”

Biden responded, “Look, the 202[4] agenda is to finish the job. For example, we’re now in a position where we have the strongest economy of any major nation in the world, number one. We’ve got a way to go yet. Inflation is down, 880,000 manufacturing jobs, we have 14 million new jobs, the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been for the longest time, we’re building wealth for people. But really, we have to do more. The first thing I have to do is stop it from being turned around.”

The President continued, “For example, you talked about the border, it didn’t pass. Well, guess what? We’re going to pass that border. It’s overwhelmingly, overwhelmingly supported by Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate. But because — I don’t know this for a fact, but I was told — that Trump was picking up the phone and calling the speaker of the House saying, don’t let it pass. Why? Not because he doesn’t think it’s good, because it will benefit Biden.”

Biden declared, “That’s no way to run a country. That’s no way to deal.”

“We didn’t — even when we had real divisions back when I was a young senator among Democrats and Republicans, that wasn’t the way it worked. And look, … this is not your father’s Republican Party. This is — you’ve got about 30% of the Republican Party controlling it all and I think it’s — we’re going to break it,” predicted Biden.

More broadly, Biden criticized today’s Republican Party for being controlled by about 30% and not operating in good faith like in the past, saying the country needs to break from this.

Biden said, “The idea that he said that the Congress wants to pass an overwhelmingly — a border provision that would allow us to control the border, first bill I ever introduced called for that. And here they’re saying, he’s saying, no, don’t do that, because it’ll help Biden. Help Biden? It’s about — not about Biden. It’s about the United States of America.”

He framed the choice in 2024 as continuing the progress or allowing it to be reversed, criticizing Trump’s alleged motivation to block effective policy for purely political reasons over helping the country.

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