Ukraine border deal faces bipartisan blowback in the Senate

Senate leadership is mounting an all-out offensive to pitch Ukraine border legislation that will be brought to the floor this week.

But no sooner had the legislative text been released Sunday night than the bill ran into a bipartisan pileup of opposition.

The Republican dissent has been loudest, particularly over its border provisions. The bill would tighten asylum requirements and compel the president to close the border when crossings surge; however, the legislation has been dismissed by Senate conservatives as giving the White House political cover while not actually solving the border crisis.

“This is worse than bad negotiation. It’s betrayal,” fumed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Latino members such as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) described the deal as an “enforcement wish list” for the Trump administration that does nothing
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