Sen. Joe Manchin tells GOP colleagues: 'If you get the chance to secure the border, take it'

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had some words Monday for his Republican colleagues who may be on the fence about voting on a new border bill later this week.

When asked if he would vote on a second attempt to pass a border bill, Schumer said he would always vote to make the border “more secure than what it is now.”

“I would encourage my Republican friends, no matter what games you think will be played, when you get the opportunity to secure the border, take it. Grab it because we need it so much,” Schumer said.

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Senator Joe Manchin urged Republicans to vote on another bill to secure the border. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

His comments come a day after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DY, told his colleagues that the Senate will vote again on a bipartisan border security bill this week. An effort in February failed after Republicans withdrew their support at the insistence of former President Donald Trump.

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Chuck Schumer raises his hands

Johnson had to negotiate a bipartisan deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

The bill failed a test vote in February by a vote of 49 to 50, short of the 60 votes needed to advance.

Schumer blamed Republicans for conceding to the GOP front-runner in the presidential race. Republicans, meanwhile, objected to linking the bill to U.S. foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel. Schumer said the bill to be voted on this week would stand alone.

Republicans in both chambers of Congress have indicated they will unite to block any hope of that a Democratic-backed border bill reach the finish line.

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Since President Biden took office in 2021, record numbers of migrants have been caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and border security has become one of the leading issues in the presidential campaign.

Fox News Digital's Adam Shaw and Reuters contributed to this report.

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