Senate’s Ukraine-Israel bill moves along, but without border funding

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY

The U.S. Senate moved along what is now a $95 billion bill to aid package for Ukraine and Israel on Thursday. Missing from it was a $20 billion amendment that would have been used for security along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Earlier, Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed frustration with her fellow Republicans for blocking the advancement of the bill on Wednesday over conservatives’ concerns for how the border section of the bill was worded and whether it would actually help secure the border or just guarantee a continuing crisis. She described herself as “pissed off.”

After hours of negotiation, the Senate voted just after noon on Thursday to keep the bill alive, 67-32. The majority of Senate Republicans opposed it, but during this round of voting, Sen. Dan Sullivan joined Lisa Murkowski in voting yes on a procedural motion that allows negotiations to continue.

The bill. now has $60.1 billion for Ukraine, $14.1 billion for Israel, and $10 billion in humanitarian aid for civilians being caught up in global conflicts.

Republicans are still negotiating to get meaningful border security back in the bill. This is a developing story and is likely to change rapidly.

Meanwhile, the White House has blamed Donald Trump and Republicans for the border crisis, and said Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency will reduce deportations of illegal immigrants if the bill isn’t passed.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told a gaggle of reporters that Republicans were “choosing partisan politics over our national security” because they do not support the bill.

“Here is what that means — ICE would be forced to reduce its removal operations, its total detention capacity, and more,” Jean-Pierre said. “When ICE can’t conduct these operations, our national security and public safety will be harmed.”

The response from conservative Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee was to the point: “Is Biden the President or a mobster? Attempting to shake down Republicans for a bad immigration bill won’t secure our southern border. It shows Biden can fix the problem that he created.”

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah called the White House statement “extortion.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, on the floor of the Senate, said, “We’re going to keep working on this bill until the job is done.”

28 COMMENTS

  1. This is why I objected to the Vietnam war – political bullsh*t. brandon wants to blme Republicans for blocking more money SO HE CAN RELEASE MORE ALIENS INTO THE U.S.! Read the bill – it is loaded with bs. Lisa is complicit in the invasion. Remember this moment voters!

  2. It’s all about the world and Third World people and not Americans or America. The proof is in the voting. We didn’t get any money for our border.
    Replace them both as soon as possible.

  3. Another day with a Zionist occupied government that has utter disregard and disdain for real Americans. Wait until you see S 3589 . If the Chinese invaded today the entire political class would demand we lay down arms and surrender, just like the border.

  4. Wait a second, I thought any money going to Ukraine had to ensure money going to our border? Somebody got played here! At least we can drink Bud Light again since Budweiser’s top lobbyist is hosting a fundraiser for Trump. Darn I miss the days when Kid Rock and Ted Nugent hosted the Super Bowl halftime show!

  5. Hmmmmmm, Trumps fault again….yeah except for the fact that when Trump was building the wall, Schumer stood in front of the cameras and told us all that America didn’t have 5 billion to build the wall. 5 billion.

  6. Anything else that Sullivan has done and does is just in hopes to keep us from demanding his seat be vacated also. Pretty sure he knows what the punishment is for treason. He has sold Alaskans out and is giving Alaska away just like Murcowski.

  7. It’s quite “perplexing” to me, as to the logic behind any of the voting decisions from these three (ie: Dan, Lisa, or Mary)?

    It’s doubly “perplexing” to find so many Alaskan constituents just don’t pay attention, could absolutely care less, and/or completely given up any measure of care-or-concern regarding political matters.

    It’s a sad state of affairs we find ourselves in and doesn’t bode well for the future.

    Possibly, the most reasonable solution is truly “Term Limits?”

  8. It will never happen but the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators should be repealed. That way states senators could be Recalled and replaced at any time and they would have much more pressure to do what the people wants them to do. We With another five years of Lisa being a good Democrat and then in the last couple months before the next election all of a sudden she starts becoming a good Republican again.

  9. Cartels have taken over Alaska communities

    US has been invaded

    Everyone needs to wake up!

    Our government is sponsoring it!

    It’s the same thing China did to take over Hong Kong and other places

    A very old military tactic

  10. When he first ran for office, I warned Sullivan at a fundraiser that Murkowski was no conservative. He seemed surprised. Now we all know why. He’s no conservative. All three of Alaska’s reps suck and are in it for their personal gain.

  11. List of R traitors who voted for this with recent quotes.

    Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
    “We don’t know who they are. We know some of them are on the terror watch list. We know some of them are from countries that have terrorists.”

    Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
    “We got to support our allies, but we got to secure our own border first.”

    Susan Collins, Maine
    why bother with a quote

    John Cornyn, Texas
    “They want tens of billions of dollars to help our friends and allies overseas, but they’re not willing to do what’s necessary to prevent a potential crisis at the border. The Biden administration just does not seem to care.”

    Joni Ernst, Iowa
    “The issue is not Ukraine, and it’s not President Zelensky. It’s our own national security at our southern border.”

    Chuck Grassley, Iowa
    “We have to have the same consideration about our own border.”

    John Kennedy, Louisiana
    “Now, the president sent us a national security bill and we said, OK, we’re going to do national security, but we’re not going to pass your bill until you close the border. And the president said, surely you’re not serious. And the Republicans in the Senate said, don’t call me Shirley and we are serious.”

    Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
    “As my colleagues and I on this side of the aisle have made abundantly clear, national security begins with border security.”

    Mitt Romney, Utah
    “Any bill with aid for Israel and Ukraine must include policy changes at our Southern border.”

    John Thune, South Dakota
    “A lot of us Republicans are very eager to get Ukraine the aid it needs. But we cannot — we cannot — tend to our national security interests abroad while ignoring the national security crisis on our own doorstep.”

    Roger Wicker, Mississippi
    “We needed to demonstrate that Republicans are not going to pass a supplemental appropriation bill unless it takes care of very important restrictions on the southern border.”

    Todd Young, Indiana
    “I don’t believe we should take this off the table. … Let’s get something consequential done for the American people.”

  12. Lisa is a lost cause.
    Email Dan Sullivan before it is too late. Encourage him to do the right thing. He has actually responded personally to me in the last when I had questions or concerns. Same questions and concerns to Lisa were ignored.
    Maybe he will do the right thing.

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