The dramatic collapse of the Senate border deal on Tuesday has left Republican leadership with no clear path forward on how to pass aid for Ukraine.
Conservatives won a bitter fight over the border, convincing a majority of Senate Republicans to oppose legislation that Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) had already declared “dead on arrival” in the House.
Now, McConnell is left picking up the pieces with his hold on the conference freshly in doubt.
The gulf seems almost intractable.
McConnell had viewed border security as a way to unite Republicans increasingly split over funding for the Eastern European ally.
He demanded “credible” policy changes as the price to pay for the White House’s request for