US Senate Negotiators, Participants in US Senate deliberations have struck an agreement on a new plan that promises to drastically reduce the illegal flow of migrants across the southern US border while also opening up the potential of providing help to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.
US Senate Negotiators Agree on Border Deal – CNN
It makes several improvements, including accelerating the processing of asylum petitions. According to CNN, “the details provide a new window into high-profile negotiations that have been going on for months” as Senate leaders aim to unlock the problem of support to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan “as domestic and international crises loom”.
The accord will also put pressure on Republicans, who must choose whether to “greenlight these new authorities” or reject the agreement to placate former President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden described the arrangement as rigorous but fair.
“What’s been negotiated would – if voted into law – be the hardest and fairest set of changes to safeguard the border we’ve ever had in our nation,” he said, adding, “It would give me, as President, additional emergency authority to close the border when it becomes overburdened. And if given the authority, I would use it on the day I signed the bill into law.”
Previously, Mike Johnson, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, stated that if rumors of the Senate measure on the border and aid to Ukraine and other countries are correct, it will not be adopted in the House.
Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba expressed confidence that the US Congress will approve more financing for Ukraine, despite tensions between the two parties on the issue of migration.
Previously, the US emphasized that it was vital to decide on assistance to Ukraine as soon as possible, as the coming months would be critical.
According to media reports, key aides to US President Joe Biden cautioned at a closed-door meeting in Congress that unless additional military aid to Ukraine is approved, severe challenges may occur on the front lines.
Background: The package includes more than $60 billion in help for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, and the same amount for efforts to combat illegal migration along the southern border.