A looming possible government shutdown is already becoming a blistering talking point in the presidential campaign, with Donald Trump urging Republicans to use the budget to thwart his prosecution and the Biden campaign accusing him of wanting a shutdown.
Biden’s campaign ended after Trump reported the deadline for passing a stopgap spending measure. If no deal is reached, a government shutdown will follow.
Trump, who faces multiple charges and is one of 19 charged in federal court in Georgia, demanded his colleagues stop “the political persecution against me and other patriots.”
Biden’s campaign fired back with a statement from senior communications adviser TJ Ducklo, calling him the “puppet master” of a dysfunctional house.
Former President Donald Trump told House Republicans to block funding for ‘political prosecutions against me and other patriots’
“Donald Trump is calling for a government shutdown and doesn’t care what this would mean for American families. “The former president continues to act as a puppeteer for MAGA House Republicans and is now ordering them to shut down the government, which would cause chaos at the expense of hardworking Americans and the security of our country,” he said.
“Every American remembers the jobs lost and lives damaged by Donald Trump’s extremism during his four years in office, and now he is once again playing political games with people’s lives by taking advantage of the weakness of the Republicans in the House of Representatives and to do whatever it takes to regain power,” he said. said in the campaign statement.
Trump posted on his Truth Social site about the budget dispute, as the Republican Party failed to pass a bill to fund the military and conservative rebels said they had the votes to introduce a bill that would would temporarily finance and at the same time impose 8 percent. cuts in non-defense spending.
‘A very important deadline is approaching at the end of the month. Republicans in Congress can and must debunk all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s armed administration, which refuses to close the border and treats half the country as enemies of the state,” wrote Trump, who has a wide lead in the presidential election.
“This is also the last chance to reverse these political persecutions against me and other patriots. They failed on the debt limit, but they shouldn’t fail now. Use the power of the wallet and defend the country!’
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a compromise with the Biden administration and the rebels at his own conference in May to extend the debt limit while agreeing to some spending cuts while setting broad spending levels.
At the White House, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also denounced “extreme Republicans in the House of Representatives.”
“It’s up to them to solve this,” she said.
“Their chaos is leading us toward a reckless and damaging government shutdown,” she said.
She also referred to what she called a “fact-free impeachment,” saying, “Republicans in the House of Representatives have to do their job: keep the government open.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-California, is struggling to get votes even for a temporary measure to fund the government from his conference
Republican Matt Gaetz of the Florida Republican Party said the rebels had seven votes against a temporary budget
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Republican ‘chaos is marching us toward a reckless and damaging government shutdown’
Florida Republican Party Rep. Matt Gaetz said the rebels had seven votes against a stopgap budget measure, which is likely to be rejected by the Senate.
New York Republican Rep. Mike Lawler, R-N.Y., likened the feuding within his party to a “clown show.”
‘My colleagues must realize: if they cannot or do not want to govern, others will. And in a divided government where Democrats control the Senate, and a Democrat controls the White House, there has to be an understanding that you’re not going to get everything you want,” he said. NBC reported.
“And just throwing a tantrum and stomping your feet is honestly not only wrong, it’s pathetic,” Lawler said.