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Cruz says Biden’s $105 billion funding request ‘designed’ to worsen border crisis

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is among the voices of GOP lawmakers who want the Biden administration’s emergency supplemental package split up into individual policies. 

The White House sent Congress a request Friday morning lumping aid to Israel, Gaza, Ukraine and the southern border together. 

The total amount requested is roughly $105 billion. It includes $61.4 billion for Ukraine; $14.3 billion for Israel (with $10.6 billion allocated for military aid); $13.6 billion for border protection, including measures to combat the flow of fentanyl; and significant investments in Indo-Pacific security assistance, totaling around $7.4 billion. Additionally, there’s $9 billion earmarked for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza.

“The border funding that is included is all designed to accelerate the processing of illegal immigration,” Cruz told Fox News in an interview Friday. “In other words, it’s not designed to stop the crisis at our southern border. It’s designed to make it worse.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, one of the leading candidates until Friday, failed to gain enough votes to become speaker after three attempts. Cruz previously threw in his support for him, while he called the House’s debacle “chaotic.”

“I’ve been in the Senate 11 years and for 11 years, I have consistently stayed out of House leadership elections,” Cruz said. “For the first time I made an exception to that policy. Because Jim Jordan called and asked me for my support. Jim is a close friend.”

“I think the House is going to work it out,” he continued. “We’re going to have a speaker of the House. I don’t know the exact timing there right now.”

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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