Republican United States Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley were among the 77 members of the Senate to vote in support of a continuing resolution aimed at averting a potential government shutdown.
All 19 Senators who voted against the continuing resolution were Republicans. That list includes:
Sen. Marsha Blackburn
Sen. Mike Braun
Sen. Katie Britt
Sen. Ted Budd
Sen. Ted Cruz
Sen. Steve Daines
Sen. Deb Fischer
Sen. Bill Hagerty
Sen. Josh Hawley
Sen. Ron Johnson
Sen. Mike Lee
Sen. Cynthia Lummis
Sen. Bill Marshall
Sen. Rand Paul
Sen. Pete Ricketts
Sen. Eric Schmitt
Sen. Rick Scott
Sen. Tommy Tuberville
Sen. J.D. Vance
Daines said he voted against the move because Congress cannot continue to “kick the budget can down the road.”
“Every single year Congress finds itself in this position because it failed to do its job and pass appropriations bills on time,” he added. “Our budget process is broken, and passing yet another short-term fix that fails to address the crises facing Montana families like our open southern border and the nation’s drug epidemic is irresponsible. We need accountability in Washington and that starts now with holding members of Congress accountable and fixing this broken process.”
Daines also said that if Congress cannot pass a budget, then members of Congress should not get paid.
The Senate’s “short-term deal” includes $4.49 billion for the Department of Defense’s effort in Ukraine, along with $1.65 billion in additional aid for Ukraine.
Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate’s plan will continue funding the government at present levels “while maintaining our commitment to Ukraine’s security and humanitarian needs.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre implored House Republicans to join the Senate in “doing their job.”
“Stop playing political games with peoples’ lives, and abide by the bipartisan deal two-thirds of them voted for in May,” KJP said. “The Senate’s bipartisan continuing resolution will keep the government open, make a down payment on disaster relief and is an important show of support for Ukraine.”
Regardless, it will be an uphill climb for the bill in the United States House of Representatives.