Biden rips GOP on shutdown, calls for separate invoice to fund Ukraine: ‘Sick and drained’

Biden rips GOP on shutdown, calls for separate invoice to fund Ukraine: ‘Sick and drained’

President Biden lambasted Republicans for “bringing us to the brink” — whereas concurrently hailing prevention of a authorities shutdown with passage of a short-term funding invoice.

The president bemoaned the dearth of supplemental assist for Ukraine within the spending deal, and urged Congress to take up a separate invoice to funnel extra assist to the war-torn nation.

“Fairly frankly, I’m sick and drained — I’m sick and drained — of the brinksmanship and so are the American individuals,” Biden lamented in a short tackle on the spending patch.

After weeks of a impasse together with his personal GOP caucus, Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) introduced up a stopgap persevering with decision (CR) to maintain the federal government’s lights on till Nov. 17.

Biden signed the invoice Saturday after Democrats helped carry it by way of the Home and Senate. The invoice featured $16 billion in home catastrophe reduction funds, however nothing for Ukraine.

President Biden tore into Republicans for ‘taking part in video games’ and taking the nation to the brink of a shutdown.
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On Sunday, McCarthy indicated he’s amenable to passing a stand-alone invoice to tackle Ukraine — but additionally desires bolstered border safety measures.

“We now have time, not a lot time, and there’s an awesome sense of urgency,” Biden stated when requested about when funds would run dry. “I can reassure [Ukraine], have a look at me, we’re going to get it accomplished.”

“I hope this expertise for the speaker has been one in every of private revelation. I’m not being facetious,” Biden added.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Washington, DC final month and made an entreaty for extra assist.
Matt Gaetz torpedoed quite a few makes an attempt at a CR and is now gunning for Kevin McCarthy’s ouster.
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GOP hardliners like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who’s planning this week to push an ouster of McCarthy, have fumed over the prospect of the speaker mentioning Ukraine funding for a vote.

Biden additionally demurred on whether or not he believes Home Democrats ought to bail McCarthy out when Gaetz pushes to topple him, saying: I’ll go away that to the management within the Home of the Senate.”

Congress nonetheless wants to totally fund the federal government for fiscal 12 months 2024, which started Sunday. That is accomplished by way of 12 appropriations payments. Thus far none have cleared each chambers.

The GOP-led Home has handed 4, however has pursued decrease top-line funding ranges than the Democrat-controlled Senate, which has nearer to the $1.59 trillion discretionary stage agreed upon throughout a debt ceiling row in Might.

Thus far, the Senate hasn’t but handed any of its appropriations payments.

Kevin McCarthy has blamed Democrats for taking the nation to a brink of a shutdown.
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“It’s time to finish governing by disaster and maintain your phrase if you give it,” Biden chided.

“[In] the previous couple of days and weeks, excessive MAGA Republicans tried to stroll away from that deal, voting for deep, drastic spending cuts,” Biden railed. “They failed once more. And we cease them. However I’m beneath no illusions that they’ll be again once more.”

Biden was referencing a number of the CR iterations McCarthy contemplated that might have additional slashed spending.

However going through the intransigence of GOP renegades, McCarthy finally opted for a “clear” CR to maintain the federal government’s lights on as an alternative.

The speaker has voiced confidence he’ll fend off the bid to topple him.
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Nonetheless Biden careworn that “it’s excellent news” Congress forestalled a authorities shutdown, “saving tens of millions of Individuals useless ache.”

The 80-year-old president additionally issued a clarion name to Congress to rush up, “cease the video games,” and forestall a shutdown earlier than the November deadline, which can come six days earlier than Thanksgiving.

“I strongly urge my Republican pals in Congress to not wait. Don’t waste time as you probably did all summer time. Cross a 12 months lengthy finances settlement [and] honor the deal we made a couple of months in the past,” he stated.

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