Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has not brought any major bills to the floor since the Senate returned from Thanksgiving recess, causing negative reactions from some Republicans.
Instead, the majority leader prioritized President Biden’s judicial nominees during the first week of their return, and “we are no closer to an agreement today than we were when Hamas attacked Israel,” Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., told Fox News Digital.
The Senate still has to work on FAA reauthorization, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), FISA reauthorization, Biden’s $106 billion national security supplement package, and the Farm Bill. And the budget is due early next year to keep the federal government’s lights on.
As lawmakers returned to the Hill last week, Schumer said in a “Dear Colleague” letter that there was a lot “the Senate must accomplish before the end of the year.”
“Just as we have done all year, it will take bipartisan cooperation to move these bills through the Senate. Senators should expect long days, nights, and possibly long weekends in December,” he said.
He added: “One of the most important tasks we must accomplish is to prepare and pass a funding bill to ensure that we and our friends and partners in Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific region have the military capabilities necessary to confront and deter our adversaries.” And competitors.”
But some GOP lawmakers are wondering why none of the major bills have been introduced with the end of the year quickly approaching and a long list of to-dos haven’t been addressed yet.
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“Schumer made empty threats to force a vote on this $106 billion package while refusing to come to the table and negotiate,” Marshall told Fox News Digital on Monday.
“He may be able to force his caucus to vote for this phony bill, but Senate Republicans are dead set on it,” he said. “We will not budge until meaningful border security policies are secured.”
Marshall, a member of the Budget Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Republicans “will vote against the resolution, and we will not move one inch until there is a bill that puts our national security above foreign countries.”
He added: “My priorities are clear and straightforward: borders, borders, borders.”
Senate Republicans are leading efforts on border security measures, such as tougher asylum standards for migrants and beefed-up Border Patrol, in Biden’s national supplemental request that Congress must approve by the end of the month.
“I’m very frustrated with this super chamber’s ability to waste everyone’s time. When we have NDAA reauthorization, FAA reauthorization, FISA Section 702 reauthorization, a farm bill passed, and a government to fund it in a matter of weeks Few, so here we are hardly Marshall said: “Vote daily on nominations – give me a break.”
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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., told Fox News Digital in an interview last week that Schumer is not putting up spending bills because his “goal is not to pass spending bills, but to get an omnibus.”
“Why aren’t we doing spending bills? Why isn’t Schumer doing real negotiations on the border?” Scott said.
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An all-Senator briefing on Ukraine and Israel funding will be held Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. ET, sources familiar with the matter told Fox News Digital on Friday.
The White House’s supplemental request, which was sent to Congress in October, includes $61.4 billion for Ukraine, $14.3 billion for Israel (with $10.6 billion earmarked for military aid), $13.6 billion for some border measures such as expediting asylum processing, and investments big. In security assistance in the Indo-Pacific region, with a total value of approximately $7.4 billion. In addition, $9 billion is allocated for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Schumer’s office.