Border security and Ukraine aid collapses despite Biden’s plea for Congress to ‘show some spine’

Feb 7, 2024

Washington: A management committee Agreement on border enforcement measures and ukraine The aid dropped sharply and completely on Tuesday as Republicans withdrew support despite President Joe Biden's insistence Congress To “show some spine” and stand up Donald Trump, Just minutes after the Democratic president's remarks at the White House, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell came out of a GOP luncheon at the Capitol and acknowledged that the deal was dead.
“I and most of our members feel like we have no real chance at legislating here,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters.
The split-screen moments in Washington represented a rapid turn of events that highlighted McConnell's eroding control over his GOP conference, Trump's growing influence, and Biden's ability to see Trump as the cornerstone of his foreign policy. Showed capability – stopping the Russian President Vladimir PutinAdvancing in Europe – Shattered in Congress.
Lacking funds, the Pentagon is not sending any more arms shipments to Kiev, as the war – entering its third year – has reached a turning point. Ukraine is suffering from shortage of ammunition and personnel while Russia is aggressive and carrying out continuous attacks.
“Every week, every month that passes without new aid to Ukraine means less artillery shells, less air defense systems, less equipment for Ukraine to defend itself against this Russian attack,” Biden said. ” “Exactly what Putin wants.”
Biden had negotiated for months with Senate leaders on a carefully negotiated plan to combine policies aimed at curbing illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border with $60 billion in wartime aid for Ukraine. The bill was intended to project American power around the world and would have sent billions of dollars more to Israel, other US allies in Asia, the US immigration system, and humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza and Ukraine.
But after Republicans rejected the deal, the president and Senate leaders are now stuck with no clear path to advance aid for Ukraine through Congress. He has faced a wall of opposition from Trump-led conservatives — who dismissed the border proposal as inadequate and criticized the Ukraine funding as wasteful.
Biden blamed Trump, his potential Republican rival, for the bill's demise in November presidential election,
“I'm told that in the last 24 hours they have done nothing but reach out to Republicans in the House and Senate and threaten them and try to scare them into voting against this resolution,” Biden said. “It sounds like they're lying. Frankly, they owe it to the American people to show some sense and do what they know is right.”
As it became clear that a compromise had been reached, Democrats in the Capitol expressed frustration at their colleagues.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described Tuesday as a “disappointing day in the United States Senate” during a floor speech in which he scolded Republicans for withdrawing from the deal. He still challenged them to vote against border security – an issue he has long supported.
Schumer said, “After months of good-faith negotiations, after giving Republicans many of the things they asked for, Leader McConnell and the Republican conference are ready to finish the national security supplemental package even with the border provisions they so enthusiastically supported.” Demand.”
Senators are still scrambling for a way to get funding to Ukraine through the Republican-controlled House. And after the border deal collapsed on Tuesday, some suggested removing that part from the package and moving the aid to U.S. allies themselves.
But that idea also faces resistance in the Republican-controlled House, where House Speaker Mike Johnson is under pressure from hardline conservatives not to bring any Ukraine funding up for a vote.
When asked Tuesday about wartime aid to Ukraine and Israel, he told reporters, “We have to deal with these measures and these issues independently and separately.”
House Republicans failed on Tuesday night to pass a separate $17.6 billion package of military aid for Israel. Radical conservatives opposed the bill because the funding would not be offset by budget cuts in other areas. Democrats also were mostly opposed because it weakened the push for a broader package that would include Ukraine and other allies in Asia.
The issue of lack of a national security agreement will dominate Biden's Friday meeting with the German Chancellor. Olaf Scholz, Biden plans to underline to Scholz that he is committed to providing Ukraine with the funding it needs to stop the nearly two-year-old Russian invasion.
McConnell said in an earlier speech that it was essential to assert American power in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, yet he faulted Biden for not responding sooner to threats from rival powers.
“Either we meet the challenges with a clear strategy and determination, or we lose,” McConnell said.
But when reporters later asked him whether he had misunderstood his colleague's demands for border policy, he reacted with disappointment. “I followed the instructions of my conference, which was insisting that we deal with this in October,” he said. “I mean, it's really our side that wanted to deal with the border issue. We started it.”
However, after Trump insisted on a compromise, longtime Republican leaders have not been able to convince their conference to support the proposal.

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