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McConnell urges tighter border security in Biden’s budget request along with support for Israel, Ukraine

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that Republicans will push for a “number of changes” regarding border security in President Biden’s requested emergency supplemental funding package.

McConnell said Israel and Ukraine aid should not be split up, but combined in a “comprehensive” package since both are a “worldwide issue” that correlate with other countries that pose a threat to the U.S., like China and Russia. 

“It’s pretty clear that the supplemental that was set up is just a starting place,” McConnell told reporters following the leadership conference’s weekly luncheon. “We’re going to go over it with a fine tooth comb, as you can see is a lot of passion among our members without having a credible border security provision in there, and we’re going to make other changes as well.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Schumer said of Republicans’ qualms on tighter border security in the package: “We are not for policy changes.”

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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