Republicans say no Ukraine aid without border deal

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – The Ukrainian army is running out of ammunition, and the federal government is running out of money, but all of that is on hold because Congress has come to a screeching halt over the border.

“I will not be voting for any funding as long as the border is not secure,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) said.

Donalds says securing the southern border must be Congress’ number one priority. He wants House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to attach tougher border security policies to the Senate’s foreign aid package. But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warns that strategy will fail in the Senate.

“Speaker Johnson, history is looking down upon you, looking over your shoulder, rise to the occasion,” Schumer said.

President Biden is hoping to resolve the stalemate in Congress. He invited all four congressional leaders to the White House on Tuesday to talk about a path forward on government spending, Ukraine aid, and border security.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” Biden told a group of governors from across the nation at the White House on Friday.

In an effort to prove the border is a priority, President Biden announced a last-minute trip to Brownsville, Texas on Thursday. The same day former president Donald Trump makes a campaign stop 330 miles away in the border town of Eagle Pass.

“Seal the border. Stop the invasion and send Joe Biden’s illegal aliens back home,” Trump said during a campaign rally over the weekend.

Trump blames the Biden administration for failing to solve the border crisis. But Schumer says it’s Trump who squashed any hope for border legislation that could become law.

“We tell Speaker Johnson, don’t let politics get in the way, don’t let blind obeisance to Donald Trump prohibit you or your colleagues from voting for this package,” Schumer said.

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