Headline RoundupDecember 8th, 2023

Bipartisan Senate Talks Resume After Republicans Block Ukraine, Israel Aid Over Border Demands

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Senate negotiations broke down earlier this week over a $110.5 billion bill with aid for Ukraine and Israel, leading Republicans to block the package.

The Details: Senators are running out of time to pass the bill before Congress’ holiday recess, and the White House has warned that the U.S. would run out of currently-appropriated funding for Ukraine by the end of the year. While bipartisan talks have resumed, a Democratic source told NBC News (Lean Left bias) there was “still a lot of daylight between the two sides.”

Points of Agreement: Both Democratic and Republican Senate leaders support funding aid to Ukraine and Israel in a package proposed by President Joe Biden following Hamas’ October 7 attack.

Key Disagreements: Senate Republicans want to use the bill to tighten asylum screening standards, substantially expand immigration detention for asylum seekers, allow border officials to send asylum seekers to other “safe” countries, and limit the “humanitarian parole” status the Biden administration has used to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees from Ukraine and elsewhere. Before the failed Wednesday vote, Biden said he could accept “significant compromises” on the border, but also said, “Republicans think they get everything they want, without any bipartisan compromise. That’s not the answer.” On Thursday, Republicans reportedly doubled down on their demands and called on Biden to get directly involved. 

How the Media Covered It: Some coverage from left-rated outlets framed Republicans as “jeopardizing” Ukraine. Some coverage from right-rated outlets was skeptical of Biden’s call for compromise on his Ukraine “bailout.”

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