Senate border deal and foreign aid package fails: What’s next

A vote to pass a bipartisan border deal failed in the U.S. Senate after receiving backlash from Republicans.

After months of negotiating, a group of Senate Republicans and Democrats released a $118 billion aid package, including $20 billion for securing the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration policy changes, and aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

The Senate failed to meet the 60 votes needed for the bill to advance to the House. The final vote was 49 to 50.

Republican House leaders made it clear in the weeks before the vote that they would reject the legislation. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, said that the border deal would be “dead on arrival.”

Former President Donald Trump urged Congress not to pass the bill, calling the deal a “horrible open borders betrayal of America,” at a rally in Las Vegas. Critics said that Trump wanted to kill the bill so he could continue campaigning on the border strife.

President Joe Biden, who supported the bill, said during a White House speech on Tuesday that Trump would “rather weaponize this issue than actually solve it.”

The Senate will now hold a vote to begin debating a deal solely focused on foreign aid.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.

An aerial view of the U.S.-Mexico border wall after crossing the Rio Grande into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A vote to pass a bipartisan border deal failed in the U.S. Senate after…

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