Mitch McConnell played bigger part in failed border plan than anyone knew: ‘He wrote the deal’

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said he was shocked that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could not get more Senate Republicans to support the newly unveiled border legislation that was struck down on Wednesday.

The Senate killed that $118 billion bipartisan border and foreign aid bill after failing to receive 60 votes to advance, falling short by a 49-50 vote. The failed procedural vote came after Republicans vocally disparaged the border legislation on Monday, at times blasting McConnell and other GOP leaders for the bill’s provisions.

McConnell himself reversed course when he saw no chance of the bill becoming law. Murphy, the lead Democrat on the bill, as well as Sens. James Lankford (R-OK) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and officials from the White
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