‘Surprised’ Lankford left hanging by GOP colleagues after border bill collapses

The Republican Party’s wholesale rejection of the bipartisan border security deal came at the expense of four months of work from one of their own.

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) was the GOP’s lead negotiator on the agreement, which Republicans abandoned within two days of the legislative text being released. Appropriators unveiled bill text on Sunday following months of negotiations between a bipartisan trio of members and the White House on a border security deal that would unlock assistance for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

Detractors on both sides of the aisle were quick to attack negotiators and the bill’s contents, and House GOP leadership vowed that the deal would die in their chamber. Former President Donald Trump, who has significant influence over the House Republican Conference, had also begun actively lobbying members to lawmakers the
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