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Republicans are in a standoff with the Biden administration, refusing to fund Ukraine unless the money is tied to securing the U.S. southern border.
On Wednesday evening, Senate Republicans blocked a vote to advance a $110 billion foreign aid package that includes support for Ukraine’s war against Russia and security assistance for Israel.
The 49-51 vote fell well short of the 60 votes needed as Republicans leveraged the aid bill to try to force changes to immigration and border security policies, according to CNN.
And the White House isn’t happy.
“Make no mistake: Today’s vote is going to be long remembered. And history is going to judge harshly those who turned their back on freedom’s cause,” President Joe Biden said in a speech on Wednesday.
“We can’t let Putin win. I’ll say it again: We can’t let Putin win,” he said, referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre echoed the president, repeating his words almost verbatim at her daily news briefing on Thursday.
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