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UPDATE: Senate Border Bill Declared ‘Dead’

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The U.S. Senate border bill that gives $60 billion to Ukraine and $14 billion to Israel was declared dead on arrival by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“Most of our members feel that we’re not going to be able to make a law here,” McConnell said.

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20 Senate Republicans voiced opposition to the proposed legislation Monday.

DEVELOPING: 20 Senate Republicans Publicly Announce Opposition To Border Bill

“We had a very robust discussion about whether or not this product could ever become law. And it’s been made pretty clear to us by the speaker that it will not become law," McConnell told reporters, according to NBC News.

“So, I want to congratulate Sen. Lankford on a remarkable job of negotiating with the other side, getting the support of the Border Council. But it looks to me, and to most of our members, as if we have no real chance here to make a law," he added.

More from NBC News:

Within minutes of the bill's release on Sunday, Republican senators began coming out against it. By Tuesday, opposition reached a fever pitch, including from within McConnell's leadership team. It became clear they would not reach the necessary 60 votes to break a filibuster when the bill comes to the floor on Wednesday. That means aid to Ukraine and Israel will also be blocked for now.

"I would expect that the motion to proceed to the bill will fail," said Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., referring to Wednesday's planned procedural vote to begin consideration of the bill.

Asked if there’s any hope left for the bill, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., the lead Democratic negotiator, replied, “No.”

He said he's outraged by Republicans who pulled a 180 on the bill.

There have been calls for McConnell to step down from his leadership position.

From Daily Mail:

The bipartisan border deal that is dividing congressional Republicans is already leading to angry calls to shake up the Senate leadership and furious claims by Donald Trump that it represents a 'death wish' for the party in 2024.

The fury came in the hours since negotiators put out details on their new bipartisan deal to provide new authority for the administration to 'close' the border when crossings spike, while sending billions to support allies Ukraine and Israel.

Among those to heap the most scorn on the agreement was Utah Sen. Mike Lee – who even appeared to demand a change in his party's leadership after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell helped oversee the deal with Majority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer. McConnell, the longest serving Republican leader in Senate history, survived a leadership challenge in November 2022 on a 37-10 vote.

'This feels like an elaborate practical joke. But it’s not funny. Not one bit. I cannot understand how any Republican would think this was a good idea—or anything other than an unmitigated disaster. WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP — NOW,' he wrote on X.

'Senate leadership screwed this up — and screwed us,' he wrote in another post. Even while refusing to let us see the bill they claimed to be negotiating on our behalf — for MONTHS — they were never in doubt, insisting we’d be dumb and even unpatriotic NOT to support it. This is a disqualifying betrayal.'

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