Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urged President Joe Biden’s administration to focus on tightening border security in its budget request. McConnell also asked the administration to support Israel and Ukraine in its budget request.
McConnell said that border security should be a top priority and that any budget request should include additional funds to secure the borders and combat illegal immigration. He stated that the U.S.-Mexico border must have “high standards of security and enforcement” in order to prevent criminals from entering the country.
Additionally, McConnell asked for “significant assistance to our friend and ally, Israel,” along with “robust support” for Ukraine to counter Russian aggression and help foster “U.S. interests in the region.” He called for a budget that prioritizes defense and foreign aid over domestic discretionary spending.
McConnell’s comments come as the Biden administration prepares to release its annual budget request. It is expected to include a significant investment in domestic infrastructure and social programs, in addition to support for defense and foreign aid.