Democrats in the US Senate want to vote on aid to Ukraine in a week, Politico reports.
The organizer is Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The package will also include aid to Israel.
At the same time, Senate Republicans "are pushing for changes to border security policy as part of any additional spending bill." That is, they demand that the package include money to strengthen the border with Mexico.
They hope that "such a deal will help gain a majority of the Republican Party, which is opposed to Ukraine, in the House of Representatives."
Schumer called this Republican demand "the biggest obstacle" to providing aid to Kyiv. However, without a border, the House of Representatives is unlikely to vote for aid.
The Republicans who control it already say that it is unlikely that a package of aid to Ukraine and Israel will be approved by the end of the year. This was stated by Republican Mike Turner, chairman of the Intelligence Committee. The reason he gave was "the White House's policy on the southern border."
Biden's team is reluctant to increase funding for border protection because of the US president's strong position among the immigrant electorate.