NEWLY LEAKED AUDIO: Eric Hovde Thinks Bipartisan Bill to Secure the Border is “Crazy Ass” and “Rotten”

Feb 09, 2024

NEWLY LEAKED AUDIO: Eric Hovde Thinks Bipartisan Bill to Secure the Border is “Crazy Ass” and “Rotten”

MADISON, Wis. — New reporting from American Journal News revealed how California bank owner Eric Hovde (R–Laguna Beach) opposes the bipartisan bill to secure our border, which included Senator Tammy Baldwin’s “FEND Off Fentanyl” proposal to target the illegal fentanyl supply chain by disrupting and disbanding the Mexican cartels engaged in fentanyl trafficking. At a closed door event, Hovde called the bill “crazy ass” and “rotten.”

The bipartisan bill was supported by Senators of both parties as well as the Border Patrol Union.

“Securing the border and curbing the flow of fentanyl into our country may sound like a ‘crazy ass’ and ‘rotten’ idea to California bank owner Eric Hovde, but there’s nothing rotten about this bill for the Wisconsinites concerned about the over 1,400 people we lost to fentanyl overdoses in 2022,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Arik Wolk.

Read more below:

American Journal News: Wisconsin Republican Eric Hovde trashes bipartisan border bill
By: Jesse Valentine

  • Republican Eric Hovde, a likely candidate for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, bashed a bipartisan deal to increase border security on Tuesday.

  • Senators unveiled a package on Feb. 4 pairing increased border enforcement with military aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. At a campaign event for congressional candidate Erik Olsen, Hovde said the bill was “rotten” and “crazy.”

  • Hovde praised Fox News host Jesse Watters’ coverage of the border bill and called it a “rotten piece of legislation.”

  • Republican lawmakers have been saying for months that they won’t approve military aid for Ukraine or other U.S. allies without tightened border controls. The resulting legislation, which was brokered by Democratic and Republican senators, would have provided $6.8 billion for Customs and Border Protection, $7.6 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and $3.99 billion for Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • The bill also included the FEND Off Fentanyl Act which had provisions to crackdown on international fentanyl trafficking. The FEND Off Fentanyl Act was co-sponsored by Hovde’s likely opponent Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

  • The border security package was endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Despite this, Republican senators blocked the bill from advancing on Wednesday.

  • A spokesperson for Hovde did not immediately respond to a request to comment for this story.