Foreign aid package finally breaks through Senate logjam
Why it matters: This step forward is way past its deadline. The Pentagon is already out of funds for Ukraine, and a path through the House remains murky even if the Senate reaches a final deal.
- The vote to advance to debate was 67 to 32, with 16 Republicans joining Democrats to move forward.
- Some Senate Republicans want to try to tack on their own border priorities and other changes through an amendment process.
- How amendments will work — and how long it could take — is still unclear.
Between the lines: The Senate vote also marks the final failure of what has been four months of intense bipartisan negotiations to attach changes to border policy to the emergency spending bill.
- The package including border changes was rejected in less than three days, with some of the harshest antagonists being former President Trump and House Republicans.
- The Senate blocked a version of the emergency funding package on Wednesday afternoon that included the bipartisan border deal.
The bottom line: The version of the bill moving forward currently includes no money for the Department of Homeland Security's border security efforts, despite the White House's initially asking for billions in emergency money before the policy debate started.
- Without additional cashflow soon, agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement will likely be forced to slow down their border operations — potentially making the logistical and humanitarian crisis even worse.