Senate border negotiations forge ahead despite pressure from Trump (NPR)

    3
    0

    Senate border negotiations forge ahead despite pressure from Trump – By Lexie Schapitl, Eric McDaniel, Susan Davis (NPR) / Jan 25, 2024

    A bipartisan deal that would pair assistance to Ukraine and Israel with measures to improve border security is facing serious political threats as negotiators aim to finalize a deal. The talks seemed on the verge of collapse Wednesday after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested the politics around the agreement have shifted but negotiators have vowed to forge ahead.

    Punchbowl News first reported that McConnell told Republican senators the politics “have changed” because former President Trump wants to build his reelection campaign around immigration. “We don’t want to do anything to undermine him,” McConnell reportedly said.

    A spokesperson for the minority leader did not dispute the Punchbowl report when NPR asked for comment.

    McConnell’s comments deflated hopes that a deal could be made public this week. Negotiators told reporters as early as Monday that they were nearing a final agreement on outstanding issues like parole for asylum seekers.

    CONTINUE > https://www.npr.org/2024/01/25/1226883552/bipartisan-border-deal-at-risk-of-collapse-under-pressure-from-trump

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here