The Rubio campaign is once taking political jabs at Florida Rep. Val Demings (D). This time it’s over the Florida Democrat’s vote in favor of the "Build Back Better" social spending bill. Dubbed a “socialist agenda” by prominent GOP members, the bill also received opposition from some Democrats. However, in reference to the bill’s response to immigration in the country, the Rubio team argues that Demings's voting in favor of it is just another example of “her commitment to opening our borders.”
The Biden Administration has dealt with growing tension at the border, and it culminated with the President’s administration choosing to resume building President Trump’s border wall.
While the President and Democrats vocally opposed the construction of the wall, Democrats and his voters criticized the administration after the announcement. According to an October report from NPR, “new construction has begun on 13 miles of border wall in Hidalgo County, Texas, to the dismay of some locals.”
Demings recently tweeted that the U.S. needed to “secure the border and other points of entry” in order to effectively combat growing drug use in the country. Demings's vocal critic of President Trump’s border wall proposal prompted Senator Marco Rubio (R) to criticize Demings last week, arguing that her support of securing the border was an example of an “election-cycle charade.”
This week, Elizabeth Gregory, the communications director for Marco Rubio for Senate said that “Val Demings never tires of aiding illegal immigrants over Florida families," adding that, Demings’ vote for the Build Back Socialist agenda affirms her commitment to opening our borders and weakening our national security."
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the "Build Back Better" bill would grant amnesty to an estimated 6.5 million individuals. This is an action the Washington Examiner has called"the largest-ever amnesty."
As a result, GOP lawmakers have warned against the bill ahead of the 2022 midterm election.
Demings is challenging Rubio in Florida's 2022 Midterm U.S. Senate race.