On Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled Senate failed to advance bipartisan legislation coupling border security and immigration reforms with funds for Ukraine, Israel, and other foreign causes.
Forty-nine senators voted for the $118 billion package, while 50 opposed it. At least 60 votes were needed in the procedural step to get over the filibuster threshold. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who backed the bipartisan deal, and other top Republicans ended up voting against it along with a small group of Democrats.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) changed his vote to a “no” in order to have the Senate immediately consider a revised package that addresses the national security priorities in the legislation without the bipartisan border agreement.