Further, some House Republicans have expressed skepticism over combining aid to Israel with aid to Ukraine, which is locked in a war with Russia but doesn’t have as broad of support.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday backed the administration’s position of tying the aid together, along with support for Taiwan.
“This is all interconnected,” McConnell said. “You’ve got the North Koreans, the Iranians, the Russians and the Chinese, sort of, on the same side against the democratic world, so there is a connection between all of this. I am not surprised, frankly, that the administration seems to be inclined to send up a broad package.”
He stressed, however, that Republicans wanted to see a strong border element, although he was not specific.
“The border part of it needs to be credible — not just some reference to it,” McConnell said.
The administration’s last supplemental request included $4 billion for the southern border, but it was not included in the government funding bill approved by Congress.