Senate GOP Sours on Bipartisan Supplemental

February 6, 2024
There is growing pessimism on the prospects of passing the recently-introduced supplemental appropriations package amid mounting opposition from Senate Republicans. As of now, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is still planning to move forward with the first procedural vote tomorrow, which will almost certainly fail given the lack of support in the upper chamber. House Republican leadership, along with former President Donald Trump, have also panned the deal as a nonstarter, further weakening the prospects of border security funds and policy reforms, as well as foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, passing early this year. Intraparty discussions on the supplemental are expected to continue at today’s weekly Senate policy luncheon.
  • Today in Congress…House lawmakers are set to vote on a GOP-sponsored resolution that would impeach Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The vote is anticipated to fall on party-lines, but Republicans are going to need near-unanimous support to trigger a Senate impeachment trial given their narrow majority in the House. Additionally, the House will consider a standalone supplemental funding bill that would provide aid to Israel absent the offsetting cuts to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that had been initially proposed by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA). That bill will be considered under suspension of the rules, but it remains to be seen whether it will earn the requisite two-thirds majority needed for passage as House Democratic leadership is currently whipping against the measure.