Schumer punts Ukraine bill vote as Republicans demand amendments

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday punted the test vote on a defense bill that would provide funding for Ukraine as leadership negotiates a path forward on the legislation.

Senate Republicans blocked a similar bill earlier in the day that also included a border compromise opposed by most of the conference, but Schumer’s decision to hold a second vote, this time on the pared-down version, sent the Senate into a state of paralysis.

Schumer kept a procedural vote open for roughly four hours as the two sides attempted to reach an agreement on a set of amendments that would be considered before final passage, likely sometime next week.

But as the evening wore on, the majority leader decided to send lawmakers home for the day and regroup for a test vote on Thursday instead. Fifty-eight senators voted
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