Senate Republicans Outraged by Border Agreement

( – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) have been meeting with President Joe Biden (D) to work out a deal on funding Ukraine and addressing the border situation. Many GOP Senators have expressed frustration about being kept mostly in the dark about the key details, while others worry the deal will hurt their Republican colleagues in the House.

On January 23, The Hill reported that Senate Republicans were frustrated with their leadership in the Upper Chamber. Several senators were reduced to yelling at each other over the impending deal. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said his conference was split on whether or not to continue supporting Ukraine. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) expressed his worry that lawmakers wouldn’t have time to properly vet the bill before having to vote on the matter. He encouraged his colleagues to block the measure unless the senators have at least three weeks to “read it” and the “opportunity to amend it.”

The next day, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly presented the possibility of addressing the border and Ukraine separately because of the difficulty of working out a deal with them together. According to The Hill, an anonymous lawmaker said McConnell told Republican lawmakers in the Senate that reaching a compromise to craft a bill to bring to the floor was “a lot more politically difficult” than he anticipated. He reportedly predicted the “border part falls off,” and the legislators just couldn’t get it done. The source said it wasn’t a done deal to split the issues.

GOP senators in favor of the impending package now believe it won’t pass the House because former President Donald Trump would oppose it. Although he currently has no direct political power, GOP lawmakers who support the presidential candidate would “want to kill it.” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters he agreed that any package with Ukraine funding and border security together would not pass the Lower Chamber.

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