February 8 — The United States Senate finally voted on the border bill, which would include $118 billion in funding for border patrol, as well as aid for Ukraine and Israel, and it was defeated.
There were four Republicans who voted yes to the bill and actually a handful of Democrats that voted no, but it did not get the 60-vote threshold it needed to pass.
At noon today, the Senate will give a standalone aid bill for Israel and a standalone package for Ukraine.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Some of the Republican Senators that were no on border security are saying they will vote yes on these aid packages. But we know that the Israeli aid standalone package was just defeated in the House earlier this week. So I’m not convinced any of this stuff makes it to the finish line.”
Late last night, NBC News reported that President Joe Biden is considering a possible executive order on the border and border security.
Barkdoll pointed out, “He could have done this months ago. But is he going to use this Congressional chaos as an off ramp to spin this to say Congress couldn’t act. Now I’m going to have to step in and do something. Keep an eye on that for the next few days. I think there’s a good chance you may see Biden do something like that.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM asked, “Why did Mitch McConnell do what he did? It almost feels like there was a process there that he knew would be used politically. He could not have known it would not be used politically. Now we’re hearing from the key Democrat in the Senate who was helping write it that Mitch McConnell wrote most of this bill or seemed to be in charge of the tenure of most of this bill. Why would Mitch McConnell do this except to hand a tool to Democrats to defeat someone he doesn’t think should be running the Republican Party?”
Barkdoll said, “There is real pressure growing to oust McConnell as the Minority Leader. Whether that happens remains to be seen. But I share your sentiment and this NBC News reporting, you can envision a scenario where this whole thing backfires in a way where Biden comes out looking like he’s the guy that rode in to now save the border because of the way this all unfolded. You wonder, was that all deliberate? The whole thing is very curious to me. James Lankford, the Oklahoma Republican that was on that negotiating committee, came out last night saying that he had a call a few weeks ago, from a prominent national conservative talk radio personality warning him not to do anything on the border because this is too valuable of a political issue for Donald Trump this year. So again, you just wonder what’s been going on in the background these last few weeks that suddenly we get to where we are today? It’s just a very odd situation”