Senate leaders express optimism on Ukraine-border deal: ‘Closer than we have ever been’

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Senate leaders are expressing confidence ahead of Wednesday’s White House meeting that the defense supplemental spending package will be completed soon.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Wednesday that it is his “assumption” that the upper chamber would take up $106 billion legislation by sometime next week, while Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered his most positive comments to date on the status of the bill. 

“It’s not unusual for the House and Senate to be in a different place on lots of issues,” McConnell told reporters, noting the bicameral differences. “The way this needs to go forward is for one of the bodies to pass something that would actually get a signature.”

“The supplemental
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