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Most lawmakers support combining Ukraine, Israel aid with border security

As the war in the Middle East continues, most senior staffers on Capitol Hill (77%) say their boss would support a bill that combined Ukraine, Israel and border security funding. That is according to our survey, The Canvass Capitol Hill.

The survey — conducted Nov. 1-19 in partnership with LSG — found there’s a big party-line divide here. Nearly all Democratic staffers (97%) and 59% of Republican staffers said the lawmaker they work for would support a joint package. Some senators have warned U.S allies that Ukraine aid could be contingent on Congress addressing border security.

Democrats say they don’t want to make major immigration changes as part of the supplemental, but they’ve also acknowledged they’ll have to make some concessions to clear the 60-vote threshold.

Meanwhile, most Hill staffers (86%) said they were concerned about the potential for the Israel-Hamas war to expand into a broader regional conflict. The war has claimed more than 15,000 lives since it started on Oct. 7. A four-day ceasefire could end later today after Hamas turned over 58 hostages in exchange for the release of 117 Palestinian prisoners.

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