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US senators reach agreement on border bill

Senate negotiators reached an agreement Friday on a proposal to overhaul the asylum system at the southern US border, clearing the way for Senate Democratic and Republican leaders to begin the difficult task of convincing Congress to approve a national security package that would include tens of billions of dollars for Ukraine and immigration issues, as well as funding for Israel and other US allies.

Senator Chris Murphy, the lead Democratic negotiator, announced on social media on Friday that an agreement had been reached and that the text of the bill would be published this week. Senators are still working to finalize the rest of the package, which began with President Joe Biden’s request for $110 billion to provide wartime aid to allies, for the production of domestic defense weapons, for humanitarian help in different parts of the world, and for flow management. of migrants on the southern border of the United States.

Senators are preparing for a key vote on testing the package next week, but it already faces an uphill climb in Congress. Republicans in both chambers have been reluctant to advance border security policy. Senate Republicans initially demanded that the package include changes to border policy, but Donald Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, has been an outspoken opponent of the legislation.

“Republicans have said that the border is a priority and that we need to put together a bipartisan bill to help control the border. We’ve done it. We have an agreement,” said Murphy on X, formerly Twitter. “It’s time to make a decision,” he added.

A core group of negotiators worked for months to craft a package that would receive support from a bipartisan coalition of moderates in Congress. As they prepare to allow the details of the bill to be reviewed, it remains to be seen if they will get the necessary support from both factions.

“The criticism is based on rumors and misconceptions,” independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who is active in drafting the bill, said Thursday.

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