Senators reconvened in Washington this week to negotiate a crucial deal that intertwines U.S. border security issues with foreign aid for Ukraine and Israel. While lawmakers have expressed optimism about reaching an agreement, there remains a significant divide over policy changes at the U.S.-Mexico border.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin emphasized the focus is on border security rather than comprehensive immigration reform. Echoing this sentiment, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons said there is a “border security crisis.”
On the other hand, Republicans led by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, are pushing for what they are calling substantial new border policies. He expressed concern for national security, stating he will not support aid to Ukraine, Taiwan, or Israel without first addressing the border.
The challenge for the Senate is to devise a plan that not only garners bipartisan support but can also be passed by the House, which is already adjourned for the year.
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