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Senate Republicans To Block Schumer’s Ukraine Funding Plan

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Republican senators, including Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney, expressed frustration after a classified briefing on increased foreign aid for Ukraine and Israel turned into a heated debate about border security.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell clashed over the focus of the meeting, with Republicans walking out due to the lack of preparedness to discuss enhanced border security.

“Well, usually senators don’t scream at each other in front of, you know, the secretary of defense and so forth,” Senator Josh Hawley said. (Trending: Joe Biden Admits He’s ‘Not Sure’ About Running If Trump Wasn’t)

“What most, or many, Republican senators want to talk about here is the border, and [Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer] would prefer not to do that in this venue; obviously, there’s nobody there to talk about the border,” he said.

“So that was a point of some heated disagreement.”

“The briefing, led by the secretaries of defense and state, as well as the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was held behind closed doors to allow all 100 senators to ask questions about the administration’s funding request,” NBC wrote.

The meeting “was immediately hijacked by Leader McConnell,” Schumer said.

“The first question instead of asking our panelists — he called on [Oklahoma Republican Sen. James] Lankford to give a five-minute talk about the negotiations on the border. And that wasn’t the purpose of the meeting, at all.”

“One of them started — it was disrespectful — started screaming at one of the generals and challenging him to why he didn’t go to the border,” Schumer said.

“Schumer [was] running his big mouth, claiming that it was Republicans who, quote, unquote, injected immigration for border security in this debate — and I had none of that,” Sen. Tom Cotton said.

“I said: ‘Nope, Republicans haven’t injected border security into this debate. Joe Biden sent us a supplemental bill with border provisions in it.’”

“He had the misfortune of spreading those lies right after someone had handed me a microphone.”

“People got up and walked out, because this is a waste of time,” North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer said.

“To say it was a waste of time would be an understatement,” Missouri’s Eric Schmitt added.

“It was insulting to have a meeting in there — we’ve had, like, I don’t know, a dozen meetings on Ukraine — to not have anybody in there from [the Department of Homeland Security] is the height of — if there was a Mount Rushmore of tone deafness, Chuck Schumer would have his face on the mountain.”

“We want to help Ukraine and Israel, but we’ve got to have the Democrats recognize that the trade here, the deal, is we stop the open border,” Mitt Romney said.

“They don’t want to do that. So Republicans are just walking out of the briefing because the people there are not willing to actually discuss what it takes to get a deal done.”

“It started off pretty bad … a lot of tension in the room because nobody talked about the border,” Lindsey Graham added.

“In case you don’t have a television or you’ve been living in a cave, you would know that most Republicans feel like we need to address the broken border.”

The disagreement reflected the broader divide between the parties, with Senate Republicans planning to filibuster President Biden’s funding package due to insufficient immigration restrictions.

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