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Senate Republicans fume at Dems over border stalemate

Fury has erupted among Senate Republicans over the status of border talks, which have stalled over the past week, although Senate Democrats say they have little interest in meaningful negotiations. The chances of a further agreement being reached by the end of the year are being undermined.

The current state of border negotiations has infuriated Senate Republicans, many of whom say they are tired of the debate and deeply frustrated by the lack of progress. It’s been nearly a week since Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) withdrew from negotiations with Republicans, creating yet another headache for lawmakers hoping for a deal.

That feeling was on full display at Tuesday’s secret press conference to discuss President Biden’s $111 billion in emergency aid. This article featured a number of Senate Republicans leaving their seats early after it became clear that the border issue was not on the agenda of administration briefers.

Perhaps most telling of the mood within the Republican Party is the ripples surrounding a perceived lack of seriousness on the other side of the aisle, including from Sens. Kevin Cramer (R.N.D.) and Mitt Romney. Perhaps it was some of the most moderate members of Congress who were spreading the word. (R-Utah). Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), a supporter of aid to Ukraine and a defense hawk known for her low-key personality, also spoke out early, but remained perplexed by the situation the next day. Ta.

“We’ve been through it already,” Fischer, an ally of the Senate Republican leadership, said Wednesday. “We let them have it because they deserved it.”

A top concern for Senate Republicans is that Democrats are not taking the border portion of the supplement seriously enough, and while many Republicans want to support policies that include aid to Ukraine, conservatives in the House do not. The number of factions is increasing. As a result, there is no choice but to raise the bar for border security.

Members pointed to the briefing as a good example, as none of the briefers, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CQ Brown Jr., were prepared to discuss border issues. Republicans widely viewed this as a waste of a meeting and were disappointed because the secret briefing was intended to discuss supplemental warrants broadly, not just Ukraine and Israel.

“It’s a huge frustration,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). “This is a failure on the part of the administration, because there should have been someone there who could address these issues.”

Some Republicans are looking forward to a second meeting with Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss the border.

Adding to the confusion, the contours of the negotiations have shifted this Congress, especially now that House Speaker Mike Jawson (R-Louisiana) is in overall command on Capitol Hill. Sen. Thom Tillis (R.N.C.), who usually participates in bipartisan negotiations and has been involved in border talks, said Democrats have been involved in these negotiations just as they did when they controlled the House. , and claimed that it had not changed its approach.

“The reason I’m dissatisfied with the Democratic Party is because I think there’s a growing awareness.” [that] For this to be successful, some Democrats will be uncomfortable voting yes,” Tillis said. “They’re trying to think of a bipartisan compromise as something like last Congress, where everyone could vote yes. That’s never going to happen.”

“I think we’re still getting people to accept the reality that we’re talking about compromises that are going to get more than half of the conference and less than 100 percent of the conference,” he said. continued. “There’s a lot of confusion around that concept because that hasn’t happened in recent history.”

Murphy told reporters there had been no change in the status of the talks and the two sides had not held talks since Friday.

However, potential talks remain open after Biden said Wednesday that he was willing to make “significant sacrifices,” including policy changes, to secure more than $60 billion in aid to Ukraine and $111 billion in additional supplements. had a difficult time. Lawmakers go on vacation.

“I’ve made it clear that Congress needs reform to fix our broken immigration system,” Biden said at the White House. Because I know, I’m ready to do more.”

Republicans are encouraged by this word and hope, which, combined with Wednesday’s failed vote to start debate on additional legislation, could provide momentum for long-awaited talks in the short term.

“There are no Senate Democrats who can actually get a deal done. It has to come from the president of the United States,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). “He’s going to have to fully engage and acknowledge that there’s a problem at the southern border.”

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