Before the ink had even dried on a long-awaited immigration and foreign aid bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the deal lacked support in the Republican conference, a proposal he had personally championed.
The moment illustrated the changed landscape on Capitol Hill, as the Kentucky Republican’s influence continues to wane with his fellow Republicans and the party shifts more to the right with former President Donald Trump’s influence. The front-runner for the GOP nomination staunchly opposed the deal and has long pushed for Senate Republicans to ditch McConnell.
It was an abrupt change from just three months earlier when Republicans demanded Democrats agree to a series of changes in border policy in exchange for additional foreign aid. In the days since McConnell had tapped Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)