Senate Republicans and Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blocked a vote on a supplemental bill that would have provided aid to Ukraine and Israel as Republicans continue negotiations to tie restrictions on immigration with aid to Ukraine.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had put the supplemental legislation–which included $110.5bn in aid to Ukraine and Israel as well as humanitarian assistance for Gaza–to a floor vote in an attempt to pressure Republicans.
“To show our Republican colleagues that we care about this issue deeply and are serious about moving forward in a bipartisan way, we are willing to give them an amendment here on the floor on any border proposal of their choice, at sixty votes,” Mr Schumer said in a speech before the vote.
But many Senate Republicans have balked at supporting Ukraine and seek concessions from Democrats, specifically in restricting asylum and parole, wherein someone is given temporary admission to the United States when they otherwise would not receive for humanitarian reasons.
A group of four senators–including Sens Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and Chris Murphy (D-CT)–have negotiated in recent weeks to come up with a compromise legislation.
But Republicans say restrictions on immigration are a red line. On Tuesday, many Republican senators angrily confronted Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen CQ Brown, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken about migration into the US-Mexico border.