Senate GOP doubts jeopardize US Border-Ukraine aid deal – Bloomberg
A bipartisan deal to reinforce US borders and provide crucial aid to Ukraine teeters on the edge of collapse in the Senate, as Republican support dwindles due to opposition from GOP leader Donald Trump
Bloomberg writes about it.
Republican senators, following a heated 90-minute meeting on Monday night, argue that the planned Wednesday vote is premature, delaying much-needed aid to Ukraine for several more weeks and leaving border issues unresolved.
The $118.3 billion deal, born from months of closed-door negotiations, faced Republican skepticism just hours after details were disclosed on Sunday. Even those initially open to the deal, including Senator Roger Wicker, now deem the proposal dead.
The article states that key negotiator James Lankford anticipates a failure in Wednesday's procedural vote, citing senators' desire for more time to review and amend the bill. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, previously in support, advises a "no" vote if more time is needed. Possible Republican modifications could jeopardize Democratic support and President Biden's backing. Lankford defends the bill in a GOP meeting, but even potential supporters distance themselves.
It is noted that blocking the procedural vote raises the likelihood of indefinite delays, potentially extending beyond the Senate's upcoming two-week break. Trump criticizes the deal, rejecting the link between immigration and foreign aid.
House Republicans dismiss the compromise, declaring it dead on arrival. Democrats are expected to oppose the legislation. Arizona's Senator Sinema, central to the negotiations, remains engaged in discussions about the bill's specifics. The legislation aims to address illegal border crossings, asylum applications, and deportation procedures while increasing legal immigration visas.
Bloomberg concludes that the deal, featuring $60 billion for Ukraine and $20 billion for the border, faces a precarious future in the Senate.