WASHINGTON — The new Republican-led House plans to pass a series of bills in the coming days to impose limits on abortion and reduce immigration as part of an initial legislative salvo that sets up a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate and highlights a political contrast ahead. of the 2024 elections.

Among the seven bills that got snap votes in the rule package passed this week is one that would empower to the Secretary of Homeland Security to block the entry of migrants at «his discretion» as necessary to «achieve operational control» over the border. Other would require the background check system to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if a person in the US illegally seeks to purchase a gun. Two would reduce abortion with new bans on the federal financing of the procedure and new regulations on how health professionals care for children born alive after abortion.

The «born alive» bill is expected to get a vote on Wednesday, raising anxiety among some members of the Republican Party. The party paid a heavy price in the 2022 midterm elections for building the Supreme Court that ended the constitutional right to abortion.

Rep. Nancy Mace, RS.C., said a majority of voters in her Charleston-based swing district oppose repeal of Roe v. Wade. She said it’s a bad idea for the House to mention those bills.

“He is deaf at this point. He will never go through the Senate. He is never going to make it to the president’s desk to be signed into law,” Mace said Tuesday. “We’re just talking lip service to the pro-life movement. If you want to make a difference and reduce the number of abortions with a Democrat-controlled Senate, the number one issue we should be working on is access to birth control.»

“We have been deaf on this issue since the time Roe was struck down. We buried our heads in the sand,” he told reporters. “We had no alternative policy. We were not sympathetic to both sides of the aisle in this argument.»

Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nevada, who narrowly won re-election last fall, said she is «vehemently opposed» to Republican bills that «weaponize abortion.» But she didn’t close the door on the immigration bills, saying she would review and consider them.

Republicans have gained a political advantage on immigration in recent years, using it to incite a passionate base of conservatives who want limits on immigration. Most voters told pollsters last year that they prefer the Republican Party to handle the issue. Numerous Democrats who faced re-election in swing states last year, including Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, broke with Biden on immigration when faced with eager independent voters.

Still, some of the more moderate Republicans acknowledge that they will have to compromise with Democrats to get the immigration bills into law.

“I am a great believer in the fusion of concepts to cross the finish line. I believe in the fusion of the Dream Act and border security,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, the Republican co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus. “I believe in responsible reciprocity along with background checks as ways to promote gun safety.”

On Monday, House Republicans approved the first in a series of seven party-line bills to cut $71 billion in IRS funds that the Treasury Department He says it will be used to enforce the law against “sophisticated high-income taxpayers.”

“I promised that we would vote to repeal the Democratic army of 87,000 IRS agents on our first day in the majority,” said Chairman Kevin McCarthy. “Promises made. Promises kept».

The bill, which would repeal part of the Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Joe Biden, appears to be dead when it reaches the Senate, where Democrats have 51 votes.

“It is absolutely absurd. What the Republicans are doing, plain and simple, is preventing their friends, the billionaires, the wealthy corporations that don’t pay taxes, from being audited,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y, said Tuesday. ., on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” «

The fighting words between McCarthy and Schumer point to a fraught few years ahead during a divided government, as newly empowered House Republicans plan to advance a series of conservative goals that excite their base. The GOP rules package adopted Monday identifies the seven bills that will get speedy votes in the House. They are about to get into trouble in the Senate and face a strong chance of getting Biden’s approval into law.

“A lot of his radical stuff will stop in the Senate because we have a Democratic majority,” Schumer said, vowing not to let ultra-conservative lawmakers defund the FBI.

Among the other GOP bills set to receive early votes under the new House majority are laws that would forbid the secretary of Energy to transmit products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China and another, billed the «Law of Prosecutors Need to Prosecute», which impose reporting requirements on district attorneys and prosecutors to the United States Attorney General.