Repub­li­can sen­a­tors urge Biden to step in after Schumer vote fails over bor­der dis­pute

Republican senators urge Biden to step in after Schumer vote fails over border dispute

Sev­er­al Repub­li­can sen­a­tors said on Thurs­day they are no longer hav­ing pro­duc­tive nego­ti­a­tions with Sen­ate Democ­rats on a bor­der deal that is crit­i­cal to pass­ing $111 bil­lion in for­eign spend­ing and are urg­ing Pres­i­dent Joe Biden to get involved.
The push for the White House to step in comes after the Sen­ate failed to advance tens of bil­lions of dol­lars in emer­gency fund­ing for Ukraine and Israel on Wednes­day amid an impasse over bor­der talks, which top GOP lead­ers are insist­ing must be includ­ed in any sup­ple­men­tal leg­is­la­tion to gain their sup­port.
“Here’s what’s next, the com­man­der in chief, Joe Biden, needs to wake up and do some­thing about a bro­ken bor­der. It’s his job above all oth­ers to secure the nation,” said Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R‑SC), stand­ing along­side Sens. John Cornyn (R‑TX), Chuck Grass­ley (R‑IA), Thom Tillis (R‑NC), Tom Cot­ton (R‑AK) and John Thune (R‑SD) at a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day after­noon.
Sen. Chris Mur­phy (D‑CT) has been the key nego­tia­tor for Sen­ate Democ­rats in bor­der talks, but Gra­ham said he’s skep­ti­cal he will be able to make any progress.
“Sen. Mur­phy is a fine fel­low, but it’s nev­er going to hap­pen as long as Sen. Schumer is in charge of these nego­ti­a­tions,” Gra­ham said. “These nego­ti­a­tions should end becaus …