Romney considers modern American politics “impossible”

Anjali Jain
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, speaks in his office on September 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. Romey warned that politics in the United States has become “impossible” as Congress struggles to pass a bipartisan border bill.

Sen. Mitt Romney admonished this week, as a bipartisan measure to secure the U.S.-Mexico border struggled to garner sufficient Republican support, against the “impossible” character of politics.
Over the weekend, a bipartisan coalition of senators introduced a $118 billion Senate bill that would provide aid to U.S. allies abroad and resolve some concerns at the southern border in light of the increase in migrant arrivals.
Had the legislation been ratified, it would have augmented the detention capacity of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from 34,000 to 50,000 and allocated an additional $20 billion for immigration enforcement. In addition, the allocation comprised humanitarian funding totaling $10 billion for Ukraine, Gaza, and the West Bank, $14 billion for Israel, and $60 billion for Ukraine. $4.83 billion was designated for Indo-Pacific nations.
Despite this, the bill’s chances of surviving in the Senate are bleak, as a number of conservatives have pledged to oppose it on the grounds that it fails to include sufficient border security measures. In order to secure the necessary 60 votes to advance through the Senate, the bill’s rejection by conservatives has engendered inquiries regarding its level of support.
Romney, a Republican from Utah, disclosed to the news organization Semafor that he was “deeply disappointed” that his party withdrew from the negotiated agreement, thereby cautioning against the detrimental effects of political polarization on the legislative process.
Politics was once considered the “art of the possible.” The discipline of the impossible has arrived. He stated, “We’ve descended from the sublime to the absurd.”
Romney’s spokesman declined to provide additional information when contacted by Newsweek.
According to Jordan Tama, an American University professor specializing in foreign policy and global security, there ought to be “certainly some room” for the Democrats and Republicans to reach an agreement whereby the bill can be passed.
“The bipartisan package put together in the Senate includes elements that should enable everyone across the political spectrum to find something they like in it,” Tama stated.
“A Democratic supporter likely appreciates the assistance provided to Ukraine and the combination of humanitarian aid for Israel and Gaza.” “Strong border security provisions, which are precisely the kind of measures that many Republicans have been calling for to address the border crisis, should appeal to Republicans.”
Some Republicans have been persuaded to oppose the measure due to Donald Trump’s “tremendous influence” over the party, he noted.
However, polarization has been increasing for decades prior to Trump’s presidency, he continued. He also cited geographic trends, the proliferation of social media platforms that “amplify extreme views,” gerrymandering, and lax campaign contribution regulations as contributing factors.
Tama hypothesized that Congress could be more bipartisan and effective with the implementation of stricter campaign finance regulations and nonpartisan primaries that incentivize candidates to appeal to centrist voters.
“Congress may also implement bipartisanship-promoting internal reforms.” The agenda is presently controlled by the majority party in the House with nearly absolute authority. “A greater voice for the minority in determining the House agenda would compel the majority to pay closer attention to minority concerns,” Tama explained.
In defiance of conservative opposition, Senate Democrats have indicated that a vote on the legislation may occur later on Wednesday. It is improbable that the bill will survive in the Republican-controlled House, where House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, characterized it as “dead on arrival.”
Democrats and fellow Republicans have scrutinized the opposition of conservatives to the measure. Concerns have been expressed by critics regarding the potential appeasement of Trump, who has urged Republicans to support an immigration measure that is deemed “imperfect.”
Certain political analysts have postulated that by exerting pressure on Republicans to vote against the measure, Trump may be attempting to thwart President Joe Biden’s political victory.
As American cities contend with the escalating influx of asylum applicants at the southern frontier, Republicans have historically emphasized border security as a critical concern confronting the nation.
In the fiscal year 2023, the number of encounters at the frontier surpassed 2.4 million, an increase from approximately 1.7 million in the corresponding period of 2021, as reported by U.S. Customs and frontier Protection.

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