Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked an emergency spending bill that would have sent billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine and Israel over the border crisis.
according to town hallAll Senate Republicans voted 51-49 against the procedural vote that would have brought forward a $110.5 billion national security bill that includes $50 billion in security aid to Ukraine and $14 billion to Israel. Voted no.
Additionally, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) joined Republicans in opposing the bill due to concerns about funding Israel's “current inhumane military strategy” in Gaza. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also voted against the bill to reintroduce it. Overall, the bill needs at least 60 votes to be considered.
“As we have said for weeks, no bill that does not include policy changes to secure the border will pass the Senate. The situation unfolding at the southern border on President Biden's watch is historic. “It's a crisis of scale. That's clear. It's serious. And it's undermining America's national security,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said early Wednesday.
“In today's Democratic Party, some of our colleagues are so afraid of their own radical base that they are convinced that open borders are worth risking American security around the world. Securing America's borders is no more urgent than helping our partners secure their own borders.”
every washington street journalPresident Joe criticized Senate Republicans for blocking the bill and warned that failure to assist Ukraine could ultimately lead the United States to conflict with Russia.
“Republicans think they can get everything they want without bipartisan compromise. That's not the answer,” Biden said. He accused them of “toying with national security.”
But at the same time, Biden said he would work with Republicans to “significantly strengthen” border security in an effort to reach a deal with them. Regarding the border crisis, Republicans argued that Democrats were not taking the issue seriously. It is estimated that there are over 8,000 illegal border crossings per day.
Last Wednesday, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) agreed that as long as aid to Ukraine is cut, I suggested that arrangements would be made. This includes releasing funds at a rate of $5 billion per month, as the number of illegal border crossings has fallen by about 20,000 from last month's levels.
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