Senate Delays Break for Key Ukraine Aid and Border Deal Vote

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An American flag stands in the Brumidi Corridor of the Senate as lawmakers prepare to break for the holiday recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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The U.S. Senate is postponing its holiday break to vote next week on a critical package combining military aid for Ukraine and Israel with contentious border security reforms. The decision reflects deep divisions among Senate Democrats, particularly over proposed border policy changes linked to the funding.

Emerging from the House’s Secure the Border Act, these reforms, which some Democrats fear could harshly impact asylum policies, have sparked significant concern. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s decision to schedule this vote signifies the urgency and complexity of balancing national security with humane immigration practices.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023. Senators met earlier with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as he issued a plea for Congress to break its deadlock and approve continued wartime funding for Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As Senators remain in Washington to resolve this, the question arises: will they reach an agreement that satisfies both foreign aid commitments and the contentious aspects of U.S. border policy?


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