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The projects of the new conservative majority also affect the right to abortion but may face a political blockade. We explain what their legislative plans are.

By Sahil Kapur and Liz Brown-Kaiser —

NBC News

The House of Representatives, led by the Republicans since January, plans to approve in the coming days a series of bills to impose limits on abortion and restrict immigration, as part of an initial legislative salvo that establishes a confrontation with the Senate, led by by the Democrats, and highlights a political contrast ahead of the 2024 elections.

Among the seven bills rushed to a vote in the package of rules approved this week is one that would empower the secretary of Homeland Security to

block the entry of immigrants at "his discretion"

if necessary to "achieve operational control" of border.

Another measure would require the background check system to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if a person in the country illegally intends to buy a gun.

Two other bills would

restrict abortion

with new bans on federal funding for the procedure and more restrictions on how healthcare professionals care for babies born alive after a procedure.

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The live-born babies bill is expected to come to a vote on Wednesday, causing concern among some members of the Republican Party.

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Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (South Carolina) said a majority of voters in her Charleston-based district oppose repealing the constitutional right to abortion, and believe these new bills are a bad idea.

“At this point, it doesn't make sense.

It will never pass in the Senate.

It will never make it to the president's table to become law," Mace said Tuesday.

“If we want to make a difference and reduce the number of abortions with a Democratic-controlled Senate, the number 1 issue we should be working on is access to contraception,” he added.

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"We have turned a deaf ear on this issue," he added, referring to the Supreme Court ruling, "we have hidden our heads under our wings."

Democratic Rep. Susie Lee (Nevada), who narrowly won re-election in November, said she "vehemently" opposes Republican bills that "instrumentalize abortion."

But she did not close the door on the immigration measures, saying she would review and consider them.

Republicans have gained political advantage on immigration in recent years, using it to stir up a passionate base of conservatives who want limits on immigration.

Most voters told pollsters last year that they preferred the Republican Party to take up the issue.

Numerous Democrats facing re-election in swing states last year, including Sens. Mark Kelly (Arizona) and Maggie Hewlett-Packard (New York), opposed the reform.

Kelly and another senator, Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire), broke with Biden on immigration as they faced off against concerned independent voters.

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

“I firmly believe in the fusion of concepts to cross the finish line.

I believe in the

Dream Act

and border security merged,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, the Republican co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus.

“I believe in responsible reciprocity together and background checks as ways to advance gun safety,” he added.

House Republicans on Monday passed the first in a series of seven bills along party lines to cut $71 billion in IRS funding that the Treasury Department says will be used for tax enforcement. the law on "sophisticated, high-income taxpayers."

“I promised we would vote to repeal the Democrats' army of 87,000 IRS agents on our first day in the majority,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said.

“Promises made.

Promises kept ”, he sentenced.

The bill, which would repeal part of the Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Joe Biden, appears dead upon arrival in the Senate, where Democrats hold a slim lead.

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“It is absolutely absurd.

What the Republicans are doing, plain and simple, is helping their friends, the billionaires, the wealthy corporations that don't pay taxes, from getting audited," Senate Majority Leader Chuck, a Democrat, said Tuesday. Schumer on MSNBC.

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

The GOP rules package approved Monday identifies the seven bills that will get speedy votes in the House of Representatives.

However, they face problems in the Senate and great difficulties in winning Biden's approval and becoming law.

Among the other GOP bills that will receive early votes under the new majority are legislation that would bar the Secretary of Energy from transferring products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China and another, called the

Prosecutors Need to Prosecute Act

, that would impose information to district attorneys and the attorney general.

Source: telemundo

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