Headline RoundupFebruary 5th, 2024

Senate Releases Text of New $118 Billion Security Bill Including Border Agreement

Summary from the AllSides News Team

After months of negotiations, the Senate released the text of a $118 billion package that includes a bipartisan border deal, and Ukraine and Israel aid.

The Details: The bill includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, and $20 billion for immigration. It includes new measures that would make asylum screenings stricter, allow the president to turn away immigrants during border crossings, and curb the president’s ability to use humanitarian parole as a measure for admitting migrants. It would also expand legal immigration by creating an additional 250,000 Green Cards over the course of five years.

For Context: Details of the bill had emerged before Sunday, and former President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders have previously criticized the agreement.

Key Quotes: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, "The overwhelming majority of Senators want to get this done." House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said, the bill is "even worse than expected" and will be "dead on arrival" if it reaches the House.

How The Media Covered It: Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) and The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) focused their coverage on the immigration portion of the bill, and what changes would come as a result. USA Today (Lean Left bias) included significant context on the immigration portion but framed its headline around the full $118 billion plan. This was not representative of the spectrum as a whole, however, as outlets like The New York Post (Lean Right bias) and Reuters (Center bias) also framed headlines around the full plan.

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