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Byron Donalds says GOP 'did not get anything' from stopgap measure

"The border is still unsecured in our country," Donalds said.

Published: October 1, 2023 12:16pm

Florida GOP Rep. Byron Donalds ripped the short-term stopgap measure passed by the House and Senate, saying Republicans got nothing out of it. 

"Look, I'm gonna be honest. We did not get anything out of this continued resolution," Donalds said on "Fox News Sunday." 

"The border is still unsecured in our country," he added. "Why is that? That's because Joe Biden and the Democrats got their way. The Democrat members are very happy with what they got. I think this is a terrible deal for the American people."

Congress averted a government shutdown Saturday evening by passing a temporary spending bill that keeps agencies funded through mid-November.

McCarthy maneuvered a last-minute continuing resolution (CR) and garnered significant support from Democrats to keep agencies’ doors open for 45 days and provide $16 billion in federal disaster aid to hard-hit American communities. But he cut out any new assistance for Ukraine’s war against Russia that the White House wanted.

"Cutting this government's spending down must happen," Donalds continued. "Inflation is still running rampant. That's not MAGA Republican, that's common sense. Having a secure border – that's not MAGA Republican, that's common sense."

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz said he would seek to oust McCarthy over the measure. 

"I think he is in trouble," Donalds said in reference to McCarthy. "There has to be some level of strong leadership in our chamber, I'm just gonna be totally blunt. There are a lot of trust issues in our chamber right now, where people feel on both sides of our conference that everybody's not gonna hold hands and continue to do this work together."

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