Senate Republicans are now reportedly planning on obstructing a procedural motion to initiate debate on a bipartisan border security agreement this week, putting funding for the conflict in Ukraine in uncertainty for the foreseeable future.
This action is being taken in response to intense pressure from former President Trump.
The Senate is unlikely to approve the border security agreement without significant amendments if this week’s progress is not made toward its implementation.
Furthermore, the agreement could be doomed by any amendments to asylum and border security reforms that are negotiated with the Democrats in the Senate and the White House.
John Thune (S.D.), the Senate Republican Whip and whose staff has provided Republican senators and their offices with information regarding the comprehensive border security package, stated on Tuesday that Republican support for a motion to terminate debate and move on to the bill is minimal, if any.
Thune responded “unlikely” when asked on Tuesday morning whether any Senate Republicans would vote to advance the measure, stating that conference members desire additional time to examine the complex package.
Thune had previously conveyed to his Republican Senate colleagues that the current congressional gridlock presents an exceptional opportunity to enact substantial border security reforms.
He cautioned that should the Democrats retain control of the White House and Senate in the upcoming election, there would be no motivation for them to engage in negotiations.
However, he announced on Tuesday morning that he would join his colleagues in voting to halt the progress of the bipartisan border agreement.
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