The US Democratic and Republican parties have failed in negotiations on US border security. This threatens to block a new aid package for Ukraine.
This was reported by NBC News.
Reportedly, bipartisan talks on border policy on December 1 reached an impasse due to deep differences between lawmakers.
Republicans promised to cancel the aid package to Ukraine if Democrats do not agree to tighten US asylum and parole laws in immigration procedures.
One of the Democratic aides said that his political force was supposedly ready to compromise on the border, but that the Republicans insisted on "extreme policies".
The White House's position was also criticized by House Speaker Mike Johnson, who accused US President Joe Biden of ignoring Republican "concerns".
"The Biden Administration has failed to substantively address any of my conference’s legitimate concerns about the lack of a clear strategy in Ukraine, a path to resolving the conflict, or a plan for adequately ensuring accountability for aid provided by American taxpayers. Meanwhile, the Administration is continually ignoring the catastrophe at our own border. House Republicans have resolved that any national security supplemental package must begin with our own border," Johnson said.
As a reminder, on October 1, the US Congress passed a bill on a temporary budget. It did not include any new funding for assistance to Ukraine, as it was decided to consider this initiative separately.
After that, US President Joe Biden proposed that Congress allocate $106 billion. Most of these funds ($60 billion) are to be used to help Ukraine. Funding for Israel, the Indo-Pacific region, and border security is also envisioned.
It is worth noting that the White House has stated that the United States will not be able to provide Ukraine with new weapons if Congress does not allocate funding.
Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 05/12/2023