McCarthy calls on US Senate to refuse aid to Ukraine to avoid "shutdown"
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy said that money to assist Ukraine should be excluded from the supplemental spending bill to prevent a "shutdown"
"I think if we had a clean one without Ukraine on it, we could probably be able to move that through. I think if the Senate puts Ukraine on there and focuses on Ukraine over America, I think — I think that could cause real problems," he said.
McCarthy said if the Senate produces a bill “in the manner that they are” it will likely lead to a shutdown of the US government.
"I think we could solve that problem," he added and urged lawmakers to provide a "clean" bill to keep the government open.
It is noted that the House will remain in session next week and cancel their scheduled recess.
What is a "shutdown" and why voting for a budget resolution is important for Ukraine
A government shutdown is a situation where part of the US government is not working because a new budget has not been approved, which includes funds for the operation of government agencies. It occurs when the budget for the current period expires. This time it will happen on September 30, and the shutdown will begin on October 1. Nevertheless, Congress may approve a temporary extension of the budget period.
The budget resolution is needed to avoid a so-called shutdown and will allow the government to finance its expenditures until lawmakers pass a budget law.
Earlier, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that the "shutdown" could affect the speed of arms deliveries to U.S. partners.
At the same time, he said, a bipartisan majority in the US Congress supports the continuation of assistance to Ukraine.