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Rep. Lawler, bipartisan coalition proposes border, foreign aid initiative

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In a bid to address the ongoing deadlock in Congress concerning new aid to Ukraine and enhanced security measures at the southern border, members of the centrist Problem Solvers Caucus in the U.S. House have unveiled a comprehensive proposal.

Despite the uncertain fate of the proposal, with previous bipartisan efforts thwarted by Donald Trump earlier this year, the bipartisan cohort of House lawmakers remains committed to pushing forward.

Representative Mike Lawler, a key figure within the group, emphasized the urgent need for action, stating, “I think the vast majority of members of Congress recognize the need to do something about the border.”

The plan, revealed in recent weeks, integrates rigorous border measures advocated by Republicans, such as the reinstatement of the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, alongside crucial assistance for Ukraine.

However, concerns have been raised regarding the size of the aid package, which falls short of the Senate-approved bill. The House proposal allocates $66 billion for Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel, with Lawler emphasizing that a significant portion is directed towards defense and replenishing stockpiles.

Despite commendation for bipartisan efforts, newly elected Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi expressed reservations about the House proposal’s lack of humanitarian aid, indicating the potential for future amendments to address these concerns.

In contrast, skepticism has been voiced by Congressman Gregory Meeks, highlighting doubts about the proposal’s viability in the House, particularly given Speaker reluctance and GOP insistence on border changes alongside foreign aid. The prospect of utilizing a discharge petition to advance the initiative independently remains a formidable challenge, necessitating significant bipartisan support.

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