A bipartisan $118.2-billion border deal and foreign aid package, which includes provisions for immigration law changes and granting the president broad powers to restrict illegal migrant crossings at the southern border, is facing significant opposition in the Senate, according to a report by Morgan Rimmer, Ted Barrett, and Clare Foran for CNN.
Speaker Mike Johnson has declared the border deal as dead on arrival in the House, further complicating its prospects. I Photo: Office of Speaker Mike Johnson
Former President Donald Trump and top House Republicans have launched relentless attacks against the deal, branding it as too weak.
Despite its potential impact on immigration law and the authorization of expansive presidential powers, opposition from within the Republican Party threatens its passage.
As of now, there are already 23 senators publicly signaling their opposition to the bill, with a procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday. If 41 senators vote against it, the deal would fail.
The grim outlook for the bill has also put aid to Ukraine and Israel in jeopardy, two key US allies. Speaker Mike Johnson has declared the border deal as dead on arrival in the House, further complicating its prospects.
Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi expressed skepticism about the bill's chances, stating, "I think the proposal is dead," following a meeting in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, as reported by Manu Raju, Kristin Wilson, and Nikki Carvajal for CNN.