Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan border package on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, because they were dissatisfied with the deal that included $60 billion in aid to Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel, as well as $20.23 billion for border security and immigration reforms.
Some Republicans said the border measures were not enough to address the record numbers of illegal border crossings, while others faced pressure from former President Donald Trump and top House Republicans, who opposed the deal and made the border a central campaign issue for the 2024 election123. The vote was 49-50, far short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill.
The failure of the vote left the aid for Ukraine and Israel, two key U.S. allies, in jeopardy at a critical time, as Russia continued to threaten Ukraine with military aggression and Israel faced security challenges in the Middle East.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would try to salvage the wartime funding by pushing ahead on a separate vote for the aid package without the border portion.
However, some Republicans were opposed to further aid to Ukraine, making the outcome uncertain. The bipartisan group of senators who negotiated the compromise for the last four months said it was a missed opportunity to try and make some progress toward one of the most intractable issues in American politics.
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