Senate Sets Up a Brutal January as It Punts on Border Deal (The Fiscal Times)


    Senate Sets Up a Brutal January as It Punts on Border Deal – By Yuval Rosenberg (The Fiscal Times) / Dec 20, 2023

    Senate leaders said Tuesday that negotiators have made progress toward a national security supplemental spending bill including aid for Ukraine and border policy changes, but they acknowledged that the two sides have more work to do, meaning that a vote won’t happen until January at the earliest.

    “I think it’s pretty safe to say that we’ve made some significant progress, but we obviously aren’t there,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

    McConnell called the supplemental package “extremely important” and said he thinks the country needs the national security deal because “this is the most dangerous time since the fall of the Berlin Wall.” But with no deal in sight yet, the Senate was preparing to begin its holiday recess after a few final votes, including a temporary reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and military nominations held up by Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville as part of his protest over a Pentagon policy on abortion-related travel.




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