Senate Negotiators Fail to Reach Deal on Border Security over the Weekend; Battle Resumes in 2024

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Monday, January 1, 2024
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On Sunday, both Democrat and Republican negotiators in the Senate acknowledged they had failed to reach a deal on the immigration policy changes needed to advance President Biden’s foreign aid package.  The negotiators met through the weekend after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday he would keep the Senate in session, instead of recessing for the holidays, to pressure the negotiators to make a deal. 

Negotiations were active over the weekend.  According to various news sources, Senator Lankford (R-Okla.), along with Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (I., Ariz.) and Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), White House aides, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and aides to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) huddled in Senator Schumer’s office on Saturday and Sunday.  Senator Lankford, the chief Republican negotiator, told reporters that Senators would need to have an agreement on a framework by Sunday evening.  Otherwise there would be insufficient time to put the agreement down on paper and start voting. 

By Sunday morning, the likelihood of an agreement was already in doubt. . . .