Vance Criticizes Democrats For Blocking Bill Amid Government Shutdown

Sen. JD Vance (R-OH) criticized Democrats for opposing a two-week funding bill aimed at preventing a government shutdown due to its lack of funding allocation for Ukraine.

The deadline is approaching swiftly for House and Senate lawmakers to reach a consensus on an appropriations bill before a government shutdown takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday. While House Republicans work to persuade nearly two dozen staunch conservatives to unite behind Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and pass a temporary funding bill, the Senate is endeavoring to draft a bipartisan bill to send to the House.

Vance contended that Senate Democrats were offered a “clean” bill on Friday night, designed to finance the government for two weeks. However, they rejected it on the grounds that it did not incorporate funding for Ukraine.

On Saturday morning, Vance posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, “Last night Democrats blocked a clean, two week government funding bill because it had no money for Ukraine. The Dems are about to shut down the government over Ukraine. I actually can’t believe it, but here we are.”

The Senate is expected to conduct a vote on Saturday afternoon regarding a bill that would fund the government until November 17 and provide over $6 billion in funding for Ukraine, as reported by The Hill. Should it receive approval, the appropriations bill will proceed to the House. However, according to Fox News, McCarthy stated that he has no intentions of presenting a measure on the floor that includes funding for Ukraine.

Within the Republican-controlled House, legislators have not yet reached a consensus on a bill. McCarthy’s temporary funding bill was rejected by 21 conservative hardliners on Friday. If McCarthy opts to bring a Senate bill that includes Ukraine funding to the floor for a vote, it could pose challenges, as he is confronted with the potential of a “motion to vacate.” Such a motion could lead to a vote for his removal from the position of Speaker.

Vance aligned himself with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in their shared opposition to any spending package that includes supplementary funding for Ukraine. Recently, Paul made it clear that he would impede the swift passage of an accelerated funding bill that includes financial assistance for Ukraine through the Senate.

Concurrently, another faction of Republicans, led by Vance and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), conveyed their objections to providing additional aid to Ukraine in a letter addressed to Shalanda Young, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Even if lawmakers on Capitol Hill fail to reach a consensus and a government shutdown ensues, the Pentagon has guaranteed the continuation of its operations related to Ukraine.