Washington, D.C. – November 28, 2023
Senate Majority Leader “Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)” has outlined plans to bring legislation to the Senate floor, securing funding for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and providing essential aid to Israel. In a letter addressed to his colleagues on Sunday, Schumer emphasized the urgency of the matter, setting a target date for the Senate debate as early as the week of December 4.
Schumer’s letter underscored the critical situation faced by Ukrainian forces and identified the demands from GOP senators for immigration policy reforms as the primary obstacle hindering progress on the national security assistance package.
The Democratic leader acknowledged the need for compromise and indicated his intention to allow Senate negotiators an additional week to work on finding common ground regarding asylum reform and funding for border security. However, Schumer stressed that time is of the essence, emphasizing the limited window available for reaching a consensus.
“One of the most important tasks we must finish is taking up and passing a funding bill to ensure we, along with our friends and partners in Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific region, have the necessary military capabilities to confront and deter our adversaries and competitors,” Schumer wrote. He also highlighted the interconnectedness of national security priorities, emphasizing the bipartisan Congressional action required.
Negotiations over border security, asylum, and other immigration reforms continued over the Thanksgiving holiday, with Schumer urging bipartisan cooperation and compromise for a realistic agreement that garners support from both sides.
In the letter, Schumer pointed to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, stressing the necessity of providing aid to Palestinians affected by the conflict. He called for swift engagement with Republican colleagues to expedite a bipartisan path forward in the coming weeks.
Additionally, Schumer informed Senate colleagues about an upcoming all-senators classified briefing on Ukraine in the next few days, urging their attendance. In a poignant reminder, he referenced Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s previous address to the Senate, stating, “If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war.” Schumer emphasized the potential repercussions of wavering U.S. support for Ukraine, cautioning against providing an advantage to autocratic leaders like Putin and Xi in Russia and China, respectively.