O WILL, ‘NO WAY’: With a record number of immigrants surging at the U.S.-Mexico border and Ukraine running low on both men and materiel in its existential fight against Russia, there is no doubt that both situations constitute legitimate emergencies.
“The president has been very clear that he wants to make sure that we come to a bipartisan agreement, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “And so, he’s encouraged by the discussions that we’ve been seeing. There is progress that is happening.”
Yet despite the Biden administration’s insistence it’s willing to make major changes in border policy to secure aid for Ukraine, lawmakers have given up on resolving the issue until Congress reconvenes next month. “It seems like there’s no way an immigration deal can be voted on in the Senate this week,” CNN’s Manu Raju suggested to Sen. John Thune (R-SD) yesterday.
“That is a fact,” Thune replied. “There’s no way.”
“The big issue here is, Biden’s willing to fund the key programs to restore the structure of law,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said on CNN, making a Democratic talking point, suggesting that the lack of a deal comes down to a cynical political calculation. “A lot of Republicans don’t want this issue to be resolved because they want to keep it open for next year’s November elections.”
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