Senate Majority Leader Says Border Deal Has Not Been Reached

Funding the federal government is taking precedence over the border and foreign aid package.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has acknowledged the need to fix the U.S. border. He said negotiations have them “closer than we have been” but that there is still no deal. 

He said both parties are virtually unanimous about the need to fix the border, “We just have to figure out how to do it in a way that can get 60 votes in the Senate and the majority of us there in the House.” 

Talks have continued over the winter break and President Biden’s administration has been “very closely involved,” the senator said.  

With Congress’ first priority on its return this week being government funding, moving forward on the supplemental package that would help provide funds for the border and aid to Ukraine and Israel is not at the top of the priority list. Senator Schumer did not give a timeline for further negotiations. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Senate majority and minority leaders as they deliberate federal appropriations.
  • For the House speaker as he seeks to gain consensus and avoid a government shutdown.
  • For members of Congress as they consider the request from the president for aid to Ukraine and Israel that is now tied to U.S. border security.

Sources: Politico,  The Hill, CNN 

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