The Washington establishment is shocked by Mitch McConnell’s switch on this bill

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The swamp in Washington D.C. knows something needs to be done about the border crisis.

But in typical Washington fashion, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer vowed to pass legislation to improve the crisis but wanted to zip it through before anyone had a chance to read it.

But now it appears that Mitch McConnell just made a jaw-dropping pivot regarding the bill that threw some key supporters under the bus.

McConnell changes his stance on border bill

The pro-migration border bill has been in the works for a while now, as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have worked closely together on it behind closed doors.

But many lawmakers, including Senator Mike Lee, have been begging Senators to slow down in an attempt to prevent the bill from being rammed through the Senate until everyone has a chance to read it.

Now, McConnell has made the shocking decision to recommend Republicans block the advancement of the bill.

He urged his fellow Republicans to vote no on the bill in a closed-door meeting.

The first vote is set to take place this week, and it’s still quite likely that Chuck Schumer will continue to try and push it forward.

According to McConnell, he made the sudden pivot due to the overwhelming number of Senate Republicans saying they’d vote against it either on substance or simply because they needed more time to read it over.

McConnell has been in favor of the bill since its inception and had never expressed any inkling of hesitation about it to his fellow Republicans (until now).

But McConnell says that the political mood in the country has changed since the first negotiations started several months ago.

When the bill was first proposed, McConnell and many Democrat leaders agreed to send foreign aid to Ukraine along with a supposed border policy compromise.

The majority of Democrats are in favor of sending aid to Ukraine, and they used McConnell’s favor for the same against Republicans by hanging a proposed border compromise in front of them in exchange for sending foreign aid to the war-torn nation.

If passed, the bill would also send foreign aid to the nations of Taiwan and Israel.

And just recently, Chuck Schumer told reporters that he had “never worked more closely with Leader McConnell on any piece of legislation as we did on this.”

Details about the bill leaked

Some details of the secretive bill were leaked, although some, including McConnell’s chosen lead negotiator, Senator James Lankford (R-OK), denied the claims.

However, those leaks were confirmed over the weekend, resulting in overwhelming opposition to the bill once the information came out.

Lankford had been praising the bill until the recent Senate Republican Conference meeting, and now he won’t say if he plans to move forward with it just yet.

If the bill were to pass as-is, it would put many of Joe Biden’s open-border policies in place as law. 

Still, one has to wonder whether McConnell pressed pause on the bill merely to save face with his fellow Republicans.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.