Schumer to push vote on Ukraine, Israel aid package after GOP blocks Senate border bill

Senate Democrats boycotted the illegitimate markup of President Trump’s nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020.

Senate Republicans are expected to block a major bipartisan border deal and foreign aid package with assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan on Wednesday. A Senate Democratic aide said that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, told Senate Democrats he plans to force a procedural vote on the emergency aid package and drop the new border deal.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who supported the $118 billion border security bill that a group of Republican senators negotiated with Democrats, said on Tuesday that he would support a vote on the supplemental aid bill without the border provisions. “There are other parts of this supplemental they’re extremely important as well — Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan,” McConnell said. “We still, in my view, ought to tackle the rest of it because it’s important. Not that the border isn’t important, but we can’t get an outcome. So that’s where I think we ought to head, and it’s up to Senator Schumer to decide how to repackage this, if in fact we don’t go on to it.” This could give Schumer the 60 votes needed to take up the aid package and set up a vote on the pared-down supplemental aid package later this week.

 

The initial bipartisan border deal and aid package were crafted by GOP Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, one of the chamber’s most conservative senators. Republicans had initially demanded that border security be part of the aid bill, but are now rejecting the deal after bowing down to pressure from Donald Trump, who wants to make the border a central campaign issue in his re-election bid.

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