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Schumer furious after Senate GOP block Ukraine aid bill due to lack of demanded funding for border security

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) expressed his frustration with his Republican colleagues this week upon their following through on their promise to obstruct the progress of a bill that would provide Ukraine, Israel, and other nations additional financing.

According to ABC News, the GOP’s opposition was due to the Democrats’ unwillingness to include in the $110 billion package any extra monetary allocations or modifications concerning border security and enforcement of immigration policy.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) determinedly motivated his fellow Republicans to vote down the supplemental aid bill should no amendments related to increased border security be included in it, so as “to make the point, hopefully for the final time, that we insist on meaningful changes to the border.”

On Wednesday, The Hill reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) declined to include funding and reforms for border security and immigration in the supplemental aid package for Ukraine and Israel requested by the Biden White House.

This followed a stand-off between Schumer and Senator James Lankford (R-OK), who proposed measures resembling a tough border security measure passed earlier in the year by the GOP-led House, which Schumer had rejected as a “non-starter”.

Instead, Schumer offered to add funding for other issues such as combatting fentanyl, while giving Republicans an opportunity to introduce amendments that required 60 votes in order to be included; however, Senator McConnell turned down this offer.

“I’m advocating and I hope all of our members vote no on the motion to proceed to the shell [bill] to make the point, hopefully for the final time, that we insist on meaningful changes to the border,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday, and added of his Democratic colleagues, “They don’t want to deal with border security in the context of the supplemental. We do because we know that will guarantee an outcome” on necessary border security improvements and other reforms.

Senator Schumer expressed his indignation that GOP Senators had commandeered a confidential briefing with military officials, which was originally intended to be about the current situations in Ukraine and Israel, but instead included conversations regarding the decreased security along the Southern border.

Roll Call reported on Wednesday night that Senator Schumer decided to go ahead with a procedural vote concerning the supplemental aid package, despite Republican opposition.

The motion ultimately failed, due to all Republicans voting against it in light of the exclusion of border security measures as well as Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) objection to its lack of conditions and restraints on Israel.

In spite of this, Senator Schumer voted against the bill for procedural reasons; he intends to bring it up again at a later date.

“If Republicans do not get serious very soon about a national security package, Vladimir Putin is going to walk right through Ukraine and right through Europe,” Schumer said hyperbolically. “I hope they come up with something serious instead of the extreme policies they’ve come up with thus far.”

Yet, McConnell seemed unfazed by his counterpart’s rhetoric and said after the bill failed, “Fixing a badly broken asylum and parole system isn’t hijacking the supplemental. It’s strengthening it. Today’s vote is what it takes for the Democratic leader to recognize that Senate Republicans mean what we say.”

Senator McConnell’s stance was supported by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), according to Roll Call, emphasizing that Republican demands for heightened border security were not open for discussion and said, “This is not a traditional negotiation where you come up with a consensus provision. This is a price they have to pay to get the rest of the supplemental.”

After the Democrat-backed bill was blocked, the Texas senator stated, “We’ll start having a serious conversation. But it’s becoming more and more apparent that we’re probably not going to be able to pass the supplemental this year.”

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