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Schumer, McConnell give differing status updates of bill for foreign aid, border security

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – Senate negotiators continue to trudge through the slow process of drafting a bill to fund border security, aid to Ukraine and Israel and humanitarian aid to Palestinians. But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) focused on different portions of the issue today.

“The president said he’s willing to work with Republicans in a big way on border security,” Schumer said. McConnell preferred to talk about Israel and his view of America’s obligation of support to the war effort.

“It’s especially evident in the Middle East that the Biden administration and some of our colleagues here in Congress have yet to muster the resolve and clarity to fulfill this responsibility,” McConnell accused.

He went on to chastise Democrats’ criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, labeling it “Bibi Derangement Syndrome.”

Schumer offered a more hopeful view of negations, saying, “We’re close to reaching a bipartisan agreement on the supplemental, but we are not there yet.”

The bill would provide about $110 billion of aid to Ukraine and Israel, as well as allies in the Asian-Pacific and overhaul the U.S. immigration system.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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