Just days after the release of the long-awaited text of the border bill, it is set to die after its first procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has another plan.
According to a Senate Democratic aide, Schumer told the caucus he plans to introduce the additional package — which includes billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and humanitarian aid to Gaza — without the part of the legislation relating to border security. after the expected failure of the closure vote.
“Schumer told members of his caucus and the White House last week that if Republicans scuttled the bipartisan border and companion deal, he had prepared a plan to use the reconsideration motion to force Republicans to vote on foreign aid without borders.” said the assistant.
The bill, negotiated by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., Krysten Sinema, I-Ariz., and Chris Muprhy, D-Conn., has drawn reaction from more than 20 Republican senators since its release, who argue that 'he wouldn't. stem historic levels of illegal migrant crossings. Several Democrats also oppose the bill, saying it would harm migrants seeking asylum.
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Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a strong supporter of aid to Ukraine, was initially optimistic about the bill's passage, but his prospects looked bleak Tuesday afternoon as the growing opposition from his conference was reaching fever pitch.
“I think ultimately, even if the product is approved by the border council who love President Trumpmost of our members believe that we will not be able to legislate here,” said McConnell, strong supporter of aid to Ukraine.
“And if we fail to pass a law, they are reluctant to move forward. There are other parts of this supplement that are also extremely important – Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan. In my opinion, we “We're still, address the rest because it's important,” McConnell added.
“Not that the border isn't important, but we can't get a result. So that's where I think we should go to Senator Schumer to decide how to repackage this if, in fact, we don't hold the shot.” above.”
Schumer told reporters at their weekly news conference Tuesday that the package “is so important for America's security at the border and for the security of Ukraine and Israel” when asked if the Senate would consider repackaging the foreign aid provisions and moving forward solely on those. items without the border invoice.
“We’re going to continue,” Schumer said. “This is not the last time Republicans will hear from us. We will continue. We will have a vote tomorrow. We will move forward.”
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A standalone funding bill for Ukraine faces an uphill battle in the Senate. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah wrote in a letter sent to is not secure.
The immigration portion of the Senate's doomed bill, attached to the $118 billion supplemental national security package, includes tougher asylum restrictions and gives President Biden the authority to suspend the bill in case of emergency.
The emergency bill introduces a new three-year authority, similar to COVID-era Title 42, allowing authorities to close entry into the United States at the southern border.
This provision occurs when there is a seven-day average of 5,000 daily encounters or 8,500 in a single day. DHS must then expel all migrants, except unaccompanied children, until encounters decrease by at least 25% for seven consecutive days, with a 14-day deadline to end the authority .
However, the bill states that if the President “determines that it is in the national interest to temporarily suspend emergency authority at the border, the President may direct the Secretary to suspend the use of border emergency authority.” 'emergency at the border in case of emergency'. In essence, the “border emergency” triggered at 5,000 crossings per day in one week can be canceled by Biden.
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Republicans quickly attacked the number of meetings in the hours after the bill was released, arguing that there should be zero crossings. Former President Trump, the Republican Party's leading candidate for president, also urged senators not to pass the bill.
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It would also require migrants to prove a “reasonable possibility” of being persecuted if returned to their home country when seeking asylum, rather than a “significant possibility.” It also moves consideration of asylum bans, including a criminal conviction, to the initial screening phase rather than a later stage of the process.
Lankford, the lead Republican negotiator, also indicated this week that he plans to vote against the package even though he supports it, which House Republicans have already pledged to reject.
Adam Shaw of Fox News contributed to this report.