US Senate News:
Source: United States Senator for Delaware Christopher Coons
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement after a bipartisan Senate working group released a bill to fulfill the president’s supplemental funding request and make border security policy reforms:
“I’m glad that Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) have worked together in a bipartisan fashion to propose policy solutions to our serious border security challenges and that Senate Appropriations Committee leadership – Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Vice Chair Susan Collins (R-Maine) – have worked with our Senate leadership to finalize a strong bill to address the many security challenges facing our country and the world. This agreement supports Ukraine as it repels a brutal Russian invasion, delivers critical humanitarian relief globally, aids Israel as it defends itself against Hamas terrorists, and safeguards U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific. It also provides a critical path forward for our Afghan partners now here and supports those still abroad. It shows our allies that we are reliable and prepared to lead on the global stage. It does all that while making important fixes to our broken asylum system, surging badly needed resources to strengthen our border and responding forcefully to the fentanyl crisis.
“I am disappointed that we were not able to agree on funding levels closer to what President Biden sought, and that there is not more in this bill to help the countless migrants here in America who are stuck in the shadows. That being said, I hope we will swiftly take up and pass this bill, and I urge the House of Representatives to do the same. We have let our allies question our ability to continue to come to their aid for far too long. With this legislation, we can both secure our borders and reinforce our strength and reliability as an ally and partner.”
Senator Coons is Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.