Before the ink is even dry on a spending deal between the right-wing House Freedom Caucus and the pragmatic Main Street Caucus, Republicans are lining up to oppose it.
Florida GOP Rep. Anna Paulina Luna vowed to fly back to Washington, D.C. while battling an infection three weeks after giving birth to vote no against the deal if necessary.
‘If I’m needed, I’m coming,’ she said in a statement.
A spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com she had just gotten over a four-day fever and infection and is being treated with antibiotics, ‘but will fly to vote no because I know how important this is.’
Before the ink is even dry on a spending deal between the right-wing House Freedom Caucus and the pragmatic Main Street Caucus, Republicans are lining up to oppose it
Florida GOP Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, above, vowed to fly back to Washington, D.C. while battling an infection three weeks after giving birth to vote no against the deal if necessary
Luna, 34, gave birth on August 26, becoming a first-time mother while serving her first term in Congress in a historic rarity.
Luna is one of around a dozen Republicans who so far have said they won’t vote for the deal released Sunday night that would extend government funding until October 30, giving Congress and extra 30 days to push through spending bills. But the bill can only pass with a small handful of GOP defections.
The deal would hold funding for Defense and Department of Homeland Security at 2023 levels but would cut all other discretionary spending by eight percent across the board. It would also include the House GOP’s border crackdown – H.R. 2 – minus E-Verify provisions.
The bill does not include disaster relief funding or Ukraine funding.
Even if House Republicans are able to push it through, it will not be passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate or signed by the White House.
The deal was penned by Main Street Caucus chair Rep. Dusty Johnson, N.D., and Freedom Caucus (HFC) member Rep. Byron Donalds, Fla., with input from Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Scott Perry, Pa., Main Street vice chair Stephanie Bice, Okla., Chip Roy, Texas and Kelly Armstrong, N.D.
The Freedom Caucus had long ago come out in opposition to a ‘clean’ continuing resolution (CR), but now it appears the caucus has fractured over what they want.
Some of the Republicans who now oppose the HFC-Main Street deal insist they don’t want any continuing resolution at all and the House must pass all 12 appropriations bills.
Some say they won’t vote for a CR unless it ‘defunds’ the Justice Department, namely special counsel Jack Smith and his investigations into Trump.
Even Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a McCarthy ally, promised to vote no against the CR.
‘Oh absolutely. I’m a NO! Funding Jack Smith’s persecution of Trump is one of my red lines. No money for Ukraine or COVID insanity either. And continuing Pelosi’s policies for even one day is unacceptable,’ she wrote on X.
Others said they would not vote for Ukraine funding, just as President Volodymyr Zelensky is set to visit Congress later this week, while Donalds reiterated there is no money for Ukraine in the deal.
Luna gave birth on August 26
‘The 30 day CR does 2 things: 1. Secure the southern border. 2. Cut government spending by 8%. **There is NO Ukraine $$**,’ he wrote on X.
‘The truth is Congress needs more time to do the necessary spending cuts and reforms to stop the weaponization of our government and save our country.’
With just 12 days left in the month it is nearly impossible the House could do that, then work out its differences with the Senate appropriations bills, before the September 30 deadline when a government shutdown will kick in.
McCarthy was asked whether it’s time to work a deal with Democrats in the House on getting through a short-term CR, a move that could further anger the far right and cost him the speakership. He insisted there is still time to work up a deal with Republicans.
‘This isn’t the 30th We got a long ways to go. We’ve got a lot of different ideas,’ he told reporters. ‘I’m for a lot of different ideas, whatever seems to be able to get through and I’ll continue to put more ideas on the floor.’
‘We can work on this and we can get this solved,’ he claimed.