Democrat Open To Forcing Government Shutdown Over Ukraine Aid

( – When the federal government was barreling toward a shutdown, both the House and Senate passed a temporary resolution to keep the lights on. While former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) refused to bring the clean Senate bill to the House floor, the Lower Chamber devised its own clean continuing resolution to prevent disaster. Unfortunately for McCarthy, that move — which required cooperation from House Democrats — cost the speaker his job. Even though the government is temporarily running, one thing was missing from the interim resolution — support for Ukraine.

On October 4, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) did an interview with “Meet the Press” on NBC, where he said he was “willing” to force the government to shut down in November if aid for Ukraine was still missing from the funding bill. However, Bennet said he hopes “it doesn’t come to that,” but it might be necessary — the “stakes are [that] high.” The lawmaker said he was concerned because those now running for House speaker have made it clear they won’t support Ukraine. Bennet said, “Democracy truly is on the line.”

The Colorado lawmaker told the host he hoped by the time November comes, there will be bipartisan cooperation in both the Senate and the House on this issue. Bennet said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Congress during his last visit that his country would lose the war if it didn’t have help from the United States.

Bennet said he hoped lawmakers would use this time before November to talk to the American people, including President Joe Biden, to learn how important it is that the US continue supporting Ukraine. He said legislators need to put politics aside and do what’s right for the country and the world.

What do you think about forcing a government shutdown over Ukraine? Do you believe other senators agree with Bennet?

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