Prospects for Senate agreement on border policy look increasingly doomed as Republican resistance intensifies.

Senate Republicans are facing mounting opposition to a proposed immigration bill that would overhaul the country’s border security policies. The bill, negotiated by a bipartisan group of senators, was set for a procedural vote on Wednesday, but more and more Republicans are now saying they will vote against it.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubts about the bill’s chances, stating that it seems unlikely to become law. This sentiment was echoed by many Republican senators who said they would oppose the procedural vote in order to give themselves more time to review the package.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Republicans to vote in favor of the procedural motion, promising to keep the chamber in session for as long as it takes to consider the bill. However, by Tuesday afternoon, Schumer’s tone had changed as he criticized Republicans for their sudden change of heart, blaming former President Donald Trump for influencing their decision.

The proposed legislation, which is part of a larger funding package, would give the president broad powers to address unlawful border crossings. However, its chances in Congress have been greatly diminished after Trump urged Republicans to oppose it. House leadership has also declared the bill “dead on arrival” and called on President Biden to take executive action instead.

Despite Trump’s intervention, President Biden urged Republicans to support the bill, stating that he hopes they will find reason to back it.  

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