Sen­ate Repub­li­cans chart diverg­ing paths for­ward on Israel aid

Sen­ate Repub­li­cans are split over how Con­gress should approach pass­ing an Israel aid pack­age.
A bipar­ti­san group backed by Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Chuck Schumer (D‑NY) and Minor­i­ty Leader Mitch McConnell (R‑KY) is orga­niz­ing a larg­er nation­al secu­ri­ty pack­age that includes aid for Israel, Ukraine, Tai­wan, and a bor­der secu­ri­ty mea­sure.
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McConnell said Tues­day that he’s “con­cep­tu­al­ly” on the same page as Schumer and Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, who sent Con­gress a $106 bil­lion sup­ple­men­tal fund­ing request that includes all four tranch­es. He cau­tioned, how­ev­er, that such a pack­age will require a sub­stan­tial bor­der secu­ri­ty mea­sure, with pol­i­cy changes as opposed to more fund­ing, to get enough Sen­ate Repub­li­cans on board.
“Con­cep­tu­al­ly, I think Schumer and I are in the same place. In terms of details, what is real­ly need­ed to pro­tect the bor­der, not a bunch of mon­ey going to Chica­go and New York, but some­thing seri­ous­ly draft­ed,” McConnell said. “We’re work­ing on that and I think the Democ­rats will have to accept a real­ly seri­ous U.S.-Mexico bor­der pro­tec­tion bill in order to get …