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Senate Looks To 'Clean' NatSec Package After Border Deal Collapses


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reportedly plans to bring a ‘clean’ national security package, stripped of the Senate border deal and coupled with the FEND Off Fentanyl Act, to the Senate for a procedural vote at 13:00 ET 18:00 GMT today - immediately after Republicans block the border bill. More on "Speaker Johnson's worst day in office" in the MNI US Daily Brief.

  • Schumer's plan appears nearly identical to Biden's original (September 2023) USD$106 billion request and will face the same conservative opposition but offers a glimmer of hope for Ukraine aid - now critical, according to the Pentagon and Which House National Security Council.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appears on board and it could feasibly attract the 60 Senate votes required to clear a filibuster but there are serious questions about the extent of McConnell's power after the collapse of the border deal.
  • McConnel said: “We still, in my view, ought to tackle the rest of it because it’s important — not that the border isn’t important, but we can’t get an outcome.”
  • If the Senate passes the national security package, likely by late this week, then it will head to the House where there may be a narrow pathway despite House Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) opposition.
  • Per Punchbowl News: “…there have been private discussions about a House discharge petition built around a Ukraine-Israel aid package. This would require 218 signatures. There are clearly enough GOP and Democratic supporters on Ukraine, although conservative Republicans will strongly oppose this.”

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