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 October 1, 2023

McCarthy advances government funding plan without Ukraine funding

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) led an effort to help the House pass a 45-day bill to keep the government open that excluded funding for Ukraine.

The last-minute victory came as a surprise to many who expected a government shutdown to go into effect on Oct. 1.

The details

"McCarthy’s victory seemed almost impossible as recently as this morning amid disagreements inside his own conference and a willingness among Democrats to shut down the government over Ukraine funding," Breitbart News reported.

"Yet as it became clear that momentum for a stopgap continuing resolution, or CR, without Ukraine funding was building, panicked Democrats began utilizing delay tactics, including a long filibuster speech from Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)," it added.

Democrats attack

"Let’s be clear: this isn’t a perfect deal or a permanent solution, but New Dems are dedicated to avoiding a shutdown and protecting our economy," New Democrat Coalition Chair Annie Kuster (D-NH) said after the vote.

"While we support this measure to end this immediate crisis, we continue our calls for additional funding to support Ukraine in their fight for democracy and will work tirelessly to ensure they have the assistance required to win this war," Kuster noted.

Gaetz wants McCarthy out

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) continued his attacks on McCarthy, threatening again to push for his removal as speaker over not shutting down the government through the efforts.

"The one thing everyone seems to have in common is no one trusts Kevin McCarthy," Gaetz told reporters on Saturday.

"I've said that whether or not Kevin McCarthy faces a motion to vacate is entirely within his control, because all he had to do was comply with the agreement that he made with us in January. And putting this bill on the floor and passing it with Democrats would be such an obvious, blatant and clear violation of that – we would have to deal with it," he continued.

Despite the opposition and outcry, most Americans were pleased to see the two parties work out an agreement to keep the government open.

The clock is already ticking, however, on the new deal as the 45 days will conclude with the need for another agreement to keep the nation's government running despite disagreements between Republicans and the Biden administration.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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