Senate Republicans to Block Schumer’s Ukraine Funding Plan After Classified Briefing Turns Into Screaming Match

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A classified briefing aimed at making progress on the Biden administration’s requests for increased foreign aid for the wars in Ukraine and Israel achieved the opposite effect, if it achieved anything at all, Republican senators as Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney agreed afterward.

The Tuesday briefing in the sensitive compartmentalized information facility was “the most heated … I’ve seen,” Sen. Josh Hawley told NBC News.

“Well, usually senators don’t scream at each other in front of, you know, the secretary of defense and so forth,” Hawley added.

“What most, or many, Republican senators want to talk about here is the border, and [Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer] would prefer not to do that in this venue; obviously, there’s nobody there to talk about the border,” he said. “So that was a point of some heated disagreement.”

That “heated disagreement,” Schumer claimed, began when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell started asked questions about border security that no one in the briefing was prepared to address.

“The briefing, led by the secretaries of defense and state, as well as the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was held behind closed doors to allow all 100 senators to ask questions about the administration’s funding request,” NBC reported.

Yet none of those present were able to answer questions about U.S. border security, despite the fact a supplemental bill submitted to Congress by President Joe Biden included border funding.

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