NewsSenate border negotiation 'dead', postpones Ukraine military aid: US House speaker reveals

Senate border negotiation 'dead', postpones Ukraine military aid: US House speaker reveals

Mike Johnson leaves no illusions about a quick agreement.
Mike Johnson leaves no illusions about a quick agreement.
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1:52 AM EST, January 27, 2024

War in Ukraine

On Thursday, Congressmen announced that the bipartisan discussions in the US Senate over the agreement on the southern border security have reached a critical juncture. This matter has become a condition set by some for endorsing additional aid to Ukraine.

As yet, no agreement has been unveiled. Therefore, it's likely that Johnson's stance is based on the leaked information about the ongoing negotiation to manage the border crisis. Republican politicians have linked their support for the supplementary funding of military aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan to the resolution of this issue.

"I wanted to provide a brief update on the additional funding (military aid) and the border situation, given the apparent inability of the Senate to reach an agreement. If rumors about the proposed agreement are true, it would be dead the moment it entered the House (of Representatives)", wrote Johnson in a letter to his Republican colleagues, as referred to by CNN.

The ongoing border dispute

Senate Republican leaders are striving for a border agreement to earn the majority approval of Republicans in the Senate. They hope this would persuade the Republican-controlled House to sanction additional financial resources for military aid to Ukraine, among other countries.

A small band of senators has dedicated months to devise an agreement over the flow of migrants across the US-Mexico border. However, these efforts have recently faced escalating opposition from Republicans associated with Donald Trump, who is a prominent candidate for their party's presidential nomination.

Source: Reuters

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