Despite demands for border security inclusion, Republicans have now backed away under pressure from Trump, who has made border issues a focal point of his presidential campaign….reports Asian Lite News
Senate Republicans have blocked a significant bipartisan border deal and foreign aid package, including assistance for Ukraine and Israel, in a pivotal vote on Wednesday. This move follows relentless criticism from former President Donald Trump and top House Republicans.
The failed procedural vote represents a remarkable rejection by Senate Republicans of a deal that would have implemented stringent border measures, spearheaded by one of their own, James Lankford of Oklahoma, according to CNN report.
Despite demands for border security inclusion, Republicans have now backed away under pressure from Trump, who has made border issues a focal point of his presidential campaign.
The fallout from this decision jeopardizes crucial aid for Ukraine and Israel, leaving lawmakers under mounting pressure to pass foreign aid independently, without border-related stipulations. However, the path forward remains uncertain, with some Republicans opposing further aid to Ukraine.
While the Senate has taken steps to move forward with the foreign aid package sans border security provisions, a decisive test vote looms, with Republicans insisting on amendments consideration. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has indicated a recess until the following day, expressing hope for Republican clarity.
Democrats have decried Republicans’ alignment against the border deal, questioning their reliability as negotiating partners and accusing them of yielding to Trump’s influence to keep border issues in the limelight.
Despite criticisms from Trump and fellow Republicans labelling the deal as weak, it proposed significant changes to immigration law, granting extensive powers to the president to curb illegal migrant crossings at the southern border. The Wall Street Journal editorial board lauded it as “the most restrictive migrant legislation in decades.”
Months of negotiations involving Senators Lankford, Sinema, and Murphy culminated in the border deal, highlighting bipartisan efforts that ultimately met staunch Republican resistance, CNN reported.
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